by The Daily Republic
July 20, 2013 at 3:01 am in The Daily Republic
It is fortunate that the city of Mitchell has Camp Arroya Inc., which is well dedicated to manage this property.
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I lived in Mitchell 7 years. It was one place of many. I have lots of people whom I love very much in Mitchell and I will continue to walk through life with them as able. But during my time there, I became amazed at how much people hang on to things of the past or open themselves up to a dysfunctional system . Camp Arroya is one of many. Progress is seen as threatening to their ‘history,” which is an illusion. Creating something new is seen as threatening to those who hold the power. Things are welcomed but only if they succumb to mirroring what is already there. And yet, there is this vulnerability for exploitation from certain actions. If an individual creates enough of a scene or confrontation (bully like behavior), what could be good for the town is dropped if the person confronting is loud enough. Or the town people can be taken advantage of by someone who convinces them that they need what is being offered even if what is actually happening is exploiting. All of this; however, continues to keep this town from its own possibilities.
I don’t know if the Corn Palace Plan is the best. Thats not my area of experience or expertise. I have always felt the Corn Palace needed to change. Its silly. It lives in a world of technology and global travel. Although, I have seen small towns make use of apple farms off the freeway that attract tons of families.
I also believe Camp Arroya needs some definite help. The kitchen is in extremely bad shape and the extra rooms in the main house are awful. It could be a neat place, but it is in complete disrepair and its going to take more than a group of people who call themselves a nonprofit to get it fixed. There are currently too many “projects’ asking for money in Mitchell.
Mitchell has potential and as said before there are many I truly love there; however, some of the changes are systemic and personally until people begin to see the systemic issues, while they may move forward with a Corn Palace or they may renew Camp Arroya’s lease with changes, they will continue to fight some of these very interesting ‘cultural’ issues.
I hope Mitchell begins to change. I think it could be a great place.
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