But Saturday's event at Zinn Park and Carver Center — the 11th annual Stop the Violence Family Awareness Day — should be considered among the aforementioned happenings. It carries an urgent message of hope, both for Annistonians today and those who'll reside here in future generations.
It's sad that crime and violence are such hot topics in Anniston, particularly in the city's western neighborhoods. It would say much about the city if that weren't the case. Nevertheless, that this worthwhile awareness day exists says a great deal about those who organize it.
A city can heal its own wounds when residents are proactive and aggressive in seeking civic improvements. That parts of Anniston have unsightly crime rates is no secret. But what isn't known is the remedy. That's the elusive necessity.
There may be no answers found Saturday at Zinn Park and Carver Center. Dialogue about a better way may solve nothing. But it's a start, a spark for change. Let's hope it pays dividends that Anniston sorely needs.