|Yes, Mr. Dobbs, I also like being a resident of Springfield the city where I was born and raised. (Editorial Nov. 29).|
Just as you found people in Scotland who were aware of Springfield's history, my daughter and I were in one of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. One of the guards inquired where we were from. When he heard "Springfield, Massachusetts" he immediately replied, "Oh, the Springfield Armory and Shays' Rebellion."
I also agree people want some good news. It's one of the reasons why I enjoy sitting in on the board meetings of Keep Springfield Beautiful (KSB), the local affiliate of the national volunteer program Keep America Beautiful. All of the volunteers there love Springfield, are committed to addressing a whole range of quality of life issues, not just picking up trash. I never fail to learn about the many good and exciting things happening in the city that will also benefit the entire greater Springfield area.
By the way, KSB's spring cleanup is Saturday, May 7, 2011 and their 10K road race to raise money for future cleanups is May 15. Their Web site is www.keepspringfieldbeautiful.org.