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Jennie's Journey

Community means working together to achieve the same goals

Everywhere I look here in the Lower Valley, residents want the same things. It's how some go about achieving their goals that often differs.

I have met several leaders in the community focused on improving this place we call home. Some hold leadership titles and others do not. But, they all lead by taking action.

We have many wonderful people in the Lower Yakima Valley. Some are taking on small roles and others stretch their imaginations to take on the larger roles.

This may seem nearly impossible, but I would like to see more community involvement. All too often only a few individuals and groups bear the responsibility of helping our community prosper. Those who have taken on the responsibilities are to be highly commended. However, we are all responsible for what happens in and around our cities.

I grew up in a small town thinking nothing negative of the cultural differences between myself and those I came in contact with. I learned to embrace the cultural differences. In turn, we learned to work together to improve our community.

All too often I hear cultural differences as an excuse to divide the members of our community. That division prevents citizens from coming together to achieve the goals set before them. The goals include providing a safe place to work and live, a healthy environment for our youngsters and a clean, friendly place others want to visit.

Those leaders who have stepped up and are working together, I applaud you for your efforts because I see many varying cultural backgrounds working together to achieve those goals.

I urge others to take time out of their hectic lives to do the same...our community depends on it.

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