Politically Speaking

The passage of a proclamation honoring PFC Lori Piestewa and another recognizing Police Officers Week/ Police Memorial Day in Winslow brings to mind how much we owe to those who protect and serve day in and day out. Words cannot express the gratitude that we owe our people. Thank you.

I would like to challenge everyone in Winslow and the surrounding area:

To every single person older than the age of ten, make a conscious decision to give at least an hour per week away to some one, some project, or some service.

It may take turning off the television for that hour. Are you really watching, or was it turned on by habit? It may take turning off the computer, or the PS2.

Get out and do something for someone else.

We see a lot of parents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, sons and daughters, giving countless hours of service.

Perhaps it was the thousands of hours in a lifetime that Stance Kolomitz gave of himself, making sure the hungry were fed.

Maybe it was all the time that folks like Edna Garner, Steve Smith, “PoJo” Powell, and Walt Maule gave to the youth at the Little League park.

Was it “Smitty” fixing cars, or bikes? Maybe it was as simple as Minnie Platt and her friends picking up trash on their early morning walks.

It is the countless, unnamed people of the area that teach, coach, sing, wash, clean, read, minister, fix, mend, nurse, talk, listen, sweep, and reach out in their own way.

I believe that for every one that gives of themselves, the sense of goodwill, of being needed, of accomplishment, becomes something within you.

I challenge you to give at least an hour a week, to find that hour somewhere in your schedule. Do something constructive. Do something positive. Ask, “How can I help? What can I do to help you? What did God bless me with, that I can give to some one, or to some organization?”


You may not think it will do any good.

It will.

You may not think you can make a difference.

You can.

You may not think you have something to give.

You do.

You may not think you are important.

You are.

To someone, somewhere,

You are.

You really are.


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