Mayor's Corner 2/16/2017

Dear Friends:

I am still learning.

Henry Ford said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.  Anyone who keeps learning is young.  The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young”

As we mature (that sounds so much better than “get old”) we tend to become more rigid in our thinking.  This rigidity is sometimes excused as maturity or wisdom.  I’ve never been accused of too much of that, but I do have a conscience that works full-time while I’m awake and part-time as I try to sleep.  Decisions determine destiny --- and sleep time.

I’m astonished at the pace of news cycles today.  Each time I open a newspaper, the world seems to have changed.  If you’re an avid newspaper reader, as I have been all of my life, you get a flavor of the news as well as facts and data.

I think the things you learn from the local paper or radio station are often more valuable than the millions of things you could be reading on the endless, undifferentiated space of the internet.  Our support of real news organizations helps give them the ability to report on stories they find relevant.  This is especially true in our rural world.

To advertisers who make news coverage possible, I say thank you, and I will spend money saying it. To volunteers who spend so much time and money making life better in our communities, I’m grateful to learn of your efforts in the local news.  I know most of you would rather remain anonymous, but we need to be reminded often that service-minded people like you are the reason we have such a great place to live.

And to those who criticize institutions including, but not limited to government, I also thank you.  When local news reports your thoughts, we gain a different perspective;  whereas with the internet most people only seek out like-minded individuals. Diversity of opinion is a hallmark of local news and editorials.  The value of this cannot be overstated.

 

Mayor David Ogden

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