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There’s a cute bear in my neighborhood; he doesn’t hurt anything that I know of. There’s also people in my neighborhood (I think. I’ve only ever seen about six of them. They’re shy.) and I’ve never seen them hurt anything, either. Maybe Glenwood’s biggest problem is us forgetting the wonderful place we live in as we try to make it something it’s not.

Whenever wildlife is concerned it is normally a people problem. Instinct, fear and hunger bring wildlife into our towns and yards. Until we can post signs saying “keep out” in animal speak we will always have run-ins with wildlife. Anyone who has a house in or near a forest, on or near a mountain, must accept this and live with it. We must share our planet with the other creatures that inhabit it and stop being surprised and angry when a bear makes a buffet out of our garbage

The community bear problem is our inability to “bear” with each other’s divergent actions and opinions. Inherent in the success of a consitutionally based democracy is the acceptance of individual differences and our working toward the common good, as opposed to being solely focused on our own personal agendas. Part of “bearing” with each other means spending our time focusing on implementing practical solutions instead of “finding problems and assigning fault.”

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