by Phebe F. Edwards
Please join me in saying THANK YOU to District A Councilman, Willie Bradford. Mr. Bradford represents the MLK 71107 area of Shreveport, LA, and in my opinion, our community needs to get behind this man and encourage him, daily, for the awesome job that he is doing.
From the first day that he was elected, Councilman Bradford hit the ground running. He did not do a lot of talking about the issues that the MLK area and other neighborhoods face. Councilman Bradford went to work, and the proof of the efforts he has made, and the many, many, many challenges he has faced are beginning to come to fruition in my neighborhood.
Recently, to my surprise, I thought I heard the roar of city vehicles working outside of the house that I currently rent in the 71107 area. I
had not left my home in several days. Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather. When I went outside, my street had been completely repaved and it was apparent that someone was on the case to make this event happen. Yesterday, because I am nosy, I decided to drive Jamison St., in order to determine how far the City of Shreveport had gone when it paved the street.
My curiosity got the better of me and I wanted to see if the residents of MLK 71107 received what we normally get, that is, a half done job regarding the services that are provided to us when we complain incessantly. As with anything that is done in our community, governmental agencies perform the bare minimum of services to do whatever is needed to shut us up. They figure if they do the minimum, eventually we will go away. Unfortunately, they are usually correct in this assertion because there are so few of us to fight all of the battles that have to be addressed. Therefore, community organizations such as the MLK-CDC and the MLK Neighborhood Association have to pick our most pressing battles and live to fight the rest of the issues on another day.
This is not the case in this instance. I drove from the corner of Russell Rd/Jamison St. all the way to the intersection of Jamison/Legardy and then on to the intersection of Legardy/MLK Dr. (I think it was Legardy. Someone correct me if this is wrong. It is late and my memory might be slacking.). I was ecstatic to discover the entire path that I had traveled was completely newly paved asphalt. I was stunned, as well as elated.
Therefore, let the entire community give credit where credit is due. This event could not have happened without entities at City Hall who were fighting for our fair share of the economics and services from the City of Shreveport. The MLK 71107 pays taxes and we deserve to have our voices heard and our concerns addressed. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. KUDOS, Councilman Willie Bradford for a job well done. This small victory would not have happened had it not been for the effective and efficient leadership that we have representing District A on the City of Shreveport Council.
I want Councilman Bradford to know that I personally appreciate all of the hard work he has done, all of the work he is doing and all of the labor he continues to actualize as he faces the many, many challenges, daily, that can make anyone want to quit the job. However, it is apparent that Councilman Bradford is no quitter. If this was the case, the first day on the job would have discouraged him in such a manner that he would have seen his cup as half empty. Instead, it is evident that he sees his glass as being half full.
Let all of us throw our full support behind Councilman Bradford and encourage him to continue and keep up the good work. We need to really, really band together as a community and not only support him, but we need to support each other because none of us can do the massive amount of work that our neighborhood needs to do without the support of each other, all entities, individual and groups.
Thanks to everyone for sharing. Thank you Councilman Bradford for caring. Thanks to all of our community leadership for the work that continues as we all support each other.
Sincerely Respectful With Warmest Regards,
Phebe F. Edwards
Native Born Cooper USA 71107 Resident
editor’s note: we have always been proud of the work Willie Bradford did in supporting open government, justice and the refusal to bow to pressure. More elected officials need to recognize that citizens don’t all expect preferential treatment. Rather they respect honesty and a sense of fair play.