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Rantings and Ravings


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By TERRY WILLIS
Sun Advocate reporter

We just passed the 10 year anniversary of 9-11. It was a sobering reminder of an event that is deeply seared into the minds of almost all of us.

For a few days, maybe even weeks we were as one, united and ready to show everyone who America really was. Then slowly it has returned to business as usual.

But even for those of us who have become cynical about this political gridlock, we can be reminded that on a local level we find ways to work as one to make our communities work.

Examples of that unfold in a multitude of ways whenever a community is hit with a tragedy. Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and wild fires throughout our country have had people of different political ideologies, religions, and income levels working side by side to take care of each other.

But on an even more uplifting note, those same groups often stand side by side to work on community issues even when there is no disaster present. Carbon county certainly demonstrates that time and time again with the many projects and activities we have going on here.

One great example of that with the United Way "Day of Caring" that took place on earlier this month. Over a 100 people got out of bed at the crack of dawn and showed up at the kick off breakfast on a chilly September morning.

These people headed out to several projects throughout the community and were joined by others to give several hours of time to make our community a better place. Even the USU-Eastern basketball players, who are only here for a year or so, showed up to help.

An unlikely collaboration of effort between hikers, bikers and ATV enthusiasts worked hard to clean up and area of the county that many of us like to play on.

None owns a part of that land, but everyone understands the value we get out of being allowed to ride, run and walk on the land that surrounds us. Some of the trash pulled off of Wood Hill had been there for years and years.

Other projects included cleaning trash off Carbon Avenue and Main Street. Several groups also went out to homes of the elderly to help do yard work and light maintenance. Active Re-Entry, whose funds have been cut to the bone during recent legislative slashes, was able to get help with finishing up their landscaping.

All this improves the character of our city and county. Everyone benefits.

I know we are not unique in our efforts. All over the United States communities work together on projects every day that improve the quality of life for everyone around. It would be nice if we could find a way to project that level of cooperation into politics.

I hope in the spirit of 9-11 that everyone takes a minute to reflect on the whole of the country, to let go of the need to put everyone in a neat little box with labels. Get back to looking at each other as neighbors and friends.

I could really digress here, but I will wrap this up instead. If we can come together in good times like we did that weekend, I know if we ever need to pull together in an emergency we will be exceptional.

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