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Joe's Viewpoint: Positive Influence

Joe Sciortino Joe Sciortino
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

At the beginning of the year I encouraged viewers to send me positive stories about things going on in our community that I could share with you. It was surprising to me that I only received one response. It is a shame but in our communities today people are more apt to speak out when they don't like something rather than when something is going well.

I would like to share a positive experience I had on Monday of last week. I had the pleasure of attending the annual prayer breakfast at Southern Miss hosted by the local chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr Day.

For 10 years this event has been about inspiring those in attendance to make our community a better place and share a message of unity. The most positive part that left an impression on me was the number of young people, college-age dressed in suits and ties greeting the guests before 7 AM in the morning on a holiday.  It was a fantastic example of how Southern Miss and local community leaders are making a positive difference in the Pine Belt.

This is today’s Viewpoint.

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