Accentuate the positive
All too often all we read in the news is the negative observations and comments from people in our community. The City Council, the school board and other local leaders continue to be scrutinized for every move that is made. They knew this when t...
All too often all we read in the news is the negative observations and comments from people in our community.
The City Council, the school board and other local leaders continue to be scrutinized for every move that is made. They knew this when they took their positions and have tried to handle it in the most professional manner.
What many of you need to do is take a walk around our city and find all the positive things that have happened to our community.
During my walk through Mitchell, I was so impressed as I went by our parks and watched the kids playing and enjoying a beautiful summer day. As I headed around the bypass I couldn't help but stop and take in the view of the Cadwell Park Complex and what that has become since the days when I played baseball there.
The new soccer fields, the softball complex, the ever-improving main diamond and a hockey arena. I stopped to watch a few innings of a Little League game and thought back to the number of games I must have played in that complex. I walked over through the new field of dreams and was thankful that we have people in our community that continue to find ways to give our youth of Mitchell opportunities.
We have the Mitchell Christian School and numerous new businesses that have grown out in the area. I remember when the area turned into a dirt road when you got past 15th Street and behind the Little League diamonds was nothing but a shelter belt. It sure shows signs of a progressive and positive community.
I walked over by our new swimming pool and was happy to see the great turnout they were having. As a single person, I must say that I was never completely sold on that idea but as I watched the kids play it made me rethink my attitude and once again be proud of how we have improved our city.
Take a look at the number of businesses that have decided to call Mitchell home. This reflects the positive image that Mitchell portrayed to them when they were looking for a new home.
When our school district voted for an opt-out I was there to vote for it because our schools are the backbone of a community and community pride and nothing is too good for the kids. We have very dedicated people in our district who are child oriented. To prove this point, when you get ready for your next class reunion, invite your former teachers. You won't have to look far, many of them are still teaching in the district. If you do not find them at the school, look in the phone book because they may have retired but still call Mitchell their home. Even after nearly 30 years I still enjoy putting on black and gold and supporting our extra curricular activities.
Negative breeds negative and positive breeds positive. We need to support our city leaders and look at the positive things that have happened. Hopefully someday this will include an events center so that we can continue to draw people to our town.
Just take a walk around our city and stop to enjoy the things that are happening. It is sure to give you a new outlook on our city and make you proud to be living in Mitchell.