I had all kinds of things to write about this week; the very successful Trail Days celebration, a new effort to clean up neighborhoods and to make our city more beautiful; a plan to rid the community’s light and power poles of florescent yard sale posters, and many more ideas floating around in my mind.
Then, we had a tragedy that puts everything into perspective. The national epidemic of teen suicide hit home in our own community. I feel it’s my duty to try to help in some way.
I spent an hour with our police chief, Trent Lloyd, this morning. I have never seen him so sad and feeling so powerless. Please know that our great officers and those of the Highway Patrol who responded to this incident will be suffering for some time. Professional help is real help and we have had that. Time will heal wounds to some extent, but this tragedy will sting without a sure balm for healing.
Faith, blessings and understanding can help us negotiate the twists and turns we face in our journey. We encounter things that we won’t fully understand in this life. But hope and faith are closely related, and I truly believe blessings can be asked for and expected. The hope necessary to keep on going has been promised and has already been manifested to many.
There’s a tendency to speculate about the “woulda, coulda, shouldas” of life. Don’t! Instead, use sincere interest and concern to be a positive force for good with our youth. Their journeys are different than ours were. This tragedy has certainly brought that to light. Only one thing is certain to me. Many of our youth are hurting and we must help them any way we can.Mayor David Ogden