Mayor's Corner 02/01/2018

Dear Friends:

I’m excited about the future.   But I’m reminded almost every day that so many of the people I care about are in the past or have passed.

As a teenager, I remember visiting with a wonderful old lady, Mrs. Hyatt, who lived across the street from our home.  She was always pleasant and one day she asked me what year I was born.  I said 1950, whereupon she smiled and said that she was born in 1900.  I was about 15 years old then so she was 65 years old.  I was thinking then that I would probably never live to be as old as she was.

Folks, everything is relative!  We are living in such interesting times. Knowledge is at our fingertips. We have access to more information than our parents ever dreamed of.  We’re compelled to constantly filter all we see and hear, or we can get things pushed into our minds that are worse than trash. We can get overloaded with news and views; and if we are not careful, we will lose.

Please consider one other important thing.  Let’s be fair and compare. I’m afraid many in our valley don’t realize how important it is to give local businesses our first and last chance to sell us something we want or need.  I’ll bet right now that if we compare the cost, for example, of wedding sets at The Diamond Store here with the same on the Wasatch Front, our hometown store will be less nine times out of ten.  Do we realize how important it is to our local economy to spend our dollars at home whenever possible?

Remember to Buckle Up when you drive to our local businesses.  Zero Fatalities is the only number we can live with.

Mayor David Ogden

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