Calendar provides reflection
How is our community better today than it was a year ago at this time? At the end of the year, we naturally turn inward and reflect on "how we did" this past year. In some cases, we've made steps forward. The planning commission, parks and recreation board, city council and school board have all worked hard to make this a better place to live. For their hard work and dedication, we are thankful. At night when many people are too tired to go out and sit and listen to discussions on what should and shouldn't be done here, these folks are giving their time. They believe in making their community a better place to live. And it is, because of them. We should all be appreciative of these people's efforts.
We're proud of how the virtues of our community are reflected in the growth we're seeingproof positive we're doing something right, which is attracting new families to our town. As this growth occurs, we hope our city leaders have the vision for making this city even better.
In some respects, we may have either taken steps back or maybe not big enough steps forward. When children come to school hungry or with tattered clothing, we should all be ashamed. When our elderly go without basic needs, including food, shelter and even a warm hug, we are all to blame for allowing it. When parents don't understand the best present we can give our children can't be wrapped-the gift of time, maybe we don't spend enough time stressing the importance of parenting.
It is our hope that at this time next year, as you read your year-end edition of the News, you will see a year of stories covering triumph, growth and togetherness. That's not to say the city will be free of adversity. In fact, it's in the tougher times that we learn more about ourselves. As the saying goes, it's not what happens to you, it's how you respond to it. We hope in 2002, Eudora, Kansas will have learned from and responded successfully to its challenges of the past year.
We wish you and your family a happy holiday season.