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Re: “Veggie breakfast at the Root: the good, bad and ugly

For the record, I will add to the content of my previous comment, that my father, grandfather, cousin, and many uncles are also veterans. Some of which came home and did not adjust to civilian life after. They suffered PTSD, alcoholism, and drug addiction. I am not a member of the upper-middle class and I love and respect veterans on a level I am unwilling to discuss in the comments of this blog post. I want and work for more resources and support for our veterans as I witness 'civilians' wholly unaffected in their day to day by the travesties of war. I wish more people would talk about it and more than that I wish more was being done. But, what I read here and what happened at the Root was not a positive promotion of the benefits of what a Veterans Rehabilitation Center downtown would do. It was at best rude, and at worst slander. I would love to read something on here that went against my own beliefs or suspicions and made me think. But this wasn't that either. It was a hastily written post where the author did not look at how her own approach may have affected the outcome of the conversation. Corri was not expressing her beliefs she was offering the other side in an attempt to turn an aggressive situation more neutral for our customers (both the author and the couple). There is a better way to talk about important issues, that's all. It's not so much about the content but the language and manner at which the whole thing was handled. The Veterans Center is going in and I can imagine it will only have a positive impact on the lives of those involved which in turn would improve the overall health of the community. Hopefully this whole blurb will be just a hiccup in Cheree Franco's blogging and that if anything it was a lesson learned in tact and fact checking in order to maintain her role as a reliable source on a public sphere. Good luck to you and in the very least this has gotten people talking, both about the Veterans Center and the Root. love

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Posted by MotherMari on 01/18/2012 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Veggie breakfast at the Root: the good, bad and ugly

As an employee at The Root I would like to offer a response to this post that may add some much needed perspective. While I do work at the Root, I will not pretend to speak for Corri, Jack, or for the customers that frequent the eatery. I have no qualms with the coffee comments (we’re working on that!), reviews of the menu, setting or style...even of the staff. I will however say that we strive to be as friendly and open as possible and that honestly it comes very easily in the small communal based environment. What Corri and Jack have set up as far as business plan at the Root is something I often sit back and think about in my spare time. Somehow in this tiny building downtown they have brought farmers and people together in a way that is absolutely astounding. So I guess the thing that bothers me about this blog post is how easily unfiltered judgment and assumptions can stomp on the genuine efforts of people that care so much for the community this author proclaims to support. As for the situation on said Saturday, for one, the author was not seated near the two people having the conversation. She overheard a minute portion of what they were saying in passing and rather than show interest in the conversation and offer her own know like through educated discussion, she later aggressively approached two people that she did not know as they were enjoying breakfast. Had she heard the conversation, like those around them, she would have known that they were discussing the pros and cons of a topic that is currently being debated around the downtown area. Using direct quotes after saying (and i quote) “she said something to the tune of...” is a confusing tactic as well. As a bystander and one that had heard the conversation, Corri interjected saying something more to the tune of (to the author), ‘What you’re saying is true, but I have heard discussion from both sides and some cons I have heard are that they will be targeting people with substance abuse problems and the proximity to the liquor stores could have a negative impact on recovery, I have also heard parents whose children walk home from ESTEEM show concern that the veterans would have to leave the center at the same time school lets out’ ...mind you I am paraphrasing from memory. I believe that it’s important when there are things that directly impact your community to review both the positive and the negative. Joe Fox, while misquoted in the article, has suggested the answer falls in changing the hours of operation. If these topics are not debated, and vigorously, then the voice of all those in the community (right or wrong) are unable to be heard. And the way to end bigotry is to listen, and then come to educated decisions keeping all those in the community in mind. No one made claims that these veterans do not need or better yet deserve a place that is supportive, caring and rehabilitating, they were only discussing the possible affects it could have on the others in the community. The part that really got me though was the use of the word bigot. Had the author quoted herself I believe it would have gone something like, ‘I am sick of upper middle class yuppies....’ The fact is that the author most likely has opinions on the proposed V.A. rehabilitation center that many could agree with, like that it would be located in a spot accessible to the very people that need access to it or that it is a wonderful location to scout job opportunities for those enrolled or even that these Veterans should be seen as people first. Because that is the key to a healthy community, seeing people as people, the good, the bad, and the ugly. And then asking ourselves what role we play in helping the people in our community. From what I can tell Corri Bristow-Sundell is playing an enormous role in helping the community and it is a shame that there is now a tag in the vast universe of the internet that implies she is somehow a bigot. (luckily, her name is spelled wrong in the tag (: ) We would love to see you back in the Root.

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Posted by MotherMari on 01/17/2012 at 9:00 PM


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