The Bright Side
September is National Preparedness Month, so is there anything being done locally?
Well, there is, but there is always a question of what should or should not be reported, and whether it is better for the public to know or not know. In most cases it is clear, but sometimes it is not, and in those circumstances, it becomes an issue of what is appropriate to say and how to state it.
Nationwide the police and fire departments have been taking more preventative action, planning and preparing for more possible scenarios that have done in the past. Their preparedness covers many new areas beyond general issues of public safety to particular local issues of concern including; earthquakes, flooding, hurricanes or maybe a lahar. With the latest shooting incident that occurred in a Florida school, the police and schools are working together to assure that all schools remain safe and are taking action to discuss and plan some preemptive steps to avoid similar problems and to be prepared for such an event if it were to occur. This type of planning should not be a concern, but if there was a lack of that planning, then it would definitely be a concern. Like a fire inspection of a house, the inspection enables one to spot and take action to reduce the chances of a fire, so also the review of a school’s security devices and programs, and then taking appropriate action to enhance them can reduce the chances of a problem in the future. The only real difficult issue appears to be dividing up the costs that will occur, and who and how much the schools versus the city should pay. To that it can be said: If both sides are not willing to pay 100% of the costs to make the schools safer, then something is wrong with those who are representing us at all levels of local and state government.
Person of the Week
Winning at the local fair.
The Walworth County Fair was a success, although anyone attending couldn’t help but notice that, at five dollars a pop per person, per game, playing what seems to be an easy enough exercise to win a questionable prize on the fairway wasn’t working for most people who tried. Most people never win those games. That one out of fifteen people, however, were walking around the fairgrounds carrying a prize walking stick with a card attached by a leather strap to one end, indicated something else. They didn’t obtain these sticks by investing money in a game that would ever leave them feeling cheated or a failure. This prize they won quite fairly, and they did so very easily. Those walking sticks were “won” by anyone who would allow a representative from a local church (Mount Zion) to tell them about Jesus. Apparently, one out of every fifteen people were more than willing to listen to the two-minute talk in order to win a free stick with that card attached which had several colors representing different spiritual meanings. Everyone who stopped to get a walking stick left the fair feeling like a winner.