A timely need for sense of community

By: 
David Keyes
Laurel Outlook publisher

A sense of community.

With all of the strange news going on in the nation and world, it is easy to forget that there is such a thing as normal.

Unfortunately normal isn’t the norm in the world these days.

If fact, it would be very easy to give up on all of humanity if all a person did was view the world through the lens of the international news.

It is so important to find the balance and to counteract the bad news with the good news. It would be very depressing not to do so.

For example, while North Korea’s leader and President Trump are calling each other names and racing to cause an international incident, area schools are going about the business of educating the next generation. Churches are still meeting, the senior center is still open and our assisted living facilities continue to provide a vital service.

While President Trump was calling out football players, poking fun at war heroes like Sen. John McCain, Laurel residents were attending a fundraiser for the owner of the Owl, who is fighting for her life while being buried in medical bills.

For all of the craziness, this area seems to find a counterbalance. Neighbors are still caring about neighbors. Friends still greet friends with a smile and a handshake.

A sense of community means more than most of us know. It means attending a high school sporting event or activity even though your kids may have left school years ago. It means shopping locally and supporting those who support you. It means giving a hand up and not a handout to those in need.

The bad news coming out of Washington, DC, and the world can be overwhelming and depressing if we let it. Let’s not let it impact us. Let’s count our blessings and remember that we live with a sense of community.

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TV shows being shot here?

 

Rumor has it that Wild Kingdom may be shooting an episode in Laurel soon. A moose and a mountain lion are making the rounds right now in the city limits and we are getting reports from folks who have seen both.

Also a good reminder not to mess with either.

Might also be an opportunity for Stupid Human Tricks to shoot here as well after a man decided to use his Jetta as a battering ram early Friday morning on Main Street in Laurel and destroyed our newspaper rack, five cars at Auto Connection, the window and wall at Witt’s and a concrete bench in front of Statewide Liquor. The video of the path of destruction is on the Outlook Facebook page and is titled: Hurricane Laurel.

 

David Keyes is publisher of The Laurel Outlook.

 

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Saturday, April 20, 2019
Third Saturdays, 1 p.m., The Crossings, 600 Roundhouse Dr.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.

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