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Never Too Old to Take Action

Published: Friday, April 9, 2004

Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2008 00:08

People often complain about the different things that bother them, but every once in awhile, a person comes along that does not just stop at complaining. Every once in a while a person is so fed up that they turn their dissatisfaction in action.

83-year-old Loree H. Murray is a perfect example of a citizen who fought to accomplish the changes she wished to see in this world. For years Murry watched drug dealing deteriorate her community. After photographing street drug deals and calling police with little avail, she took matters into her own hands.

Murray helped form the Near Northeast Citizens Against Drugs and Crime. The group makes street patrols in the neighborhood, goes to talk to children in schools, and has even marched in protest to the District building, to the Capitol, and to the DC police headquarters. Called one of the most effective neighborhood crime-fighting organizations in the city, the organization is now celebrating its 19th anniversary.

When situations seem hopeless and our backs are against the wall people like Loree H. Murray can serve as role models. Murry is a testament to the fact that sometimes if you see a problem that needs correction; the most effective thing to do is fix it yourself. And even if a problem is too big to fix yourself, presenting a realistic plan to those who can fix it, or gathering a number of people so that the burden is alleviated are actions that say a lot more than just complaining.

Sometimes we may not think that we have the power or authority to make changes, but if an 83-year-old woman can hit the streets to lock up drug dealers and fight crime in her community, how much more could we do? Loree H. Murray is a prime example that it is never too late to decide to want to make a change and the results can be magnificent once the decision's made.

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