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Writer wants us to focus on the positive, not the negative


In the midst of all the negativity dominating the national media for the last several weeks, there is a light of goodness that shines in our Walnut Township community.

The first point of light is the donations and hard work that went into the financing and building the two BMX tracks in the Village of Millersport. In a follow up letter, Mayor Gary Matheny will specifically acknowledge the people that made the tracks possible. Through monetary gifts, a corn hole tournament and a bike raffle, the $2,500 cost to construct the tracks was covered. The dirt, lumber and a water tank were all donated. These donations all came from the goodness of peoples’ hearts.

The second point of light was the Relay for Life event held at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in Lancaster. Don and Brenda Eveland, along with their granddaughter Makenzie Dittoe and their families, sponsored a team in honor of Debbi Popo. As a spouse of a breast cancer survivor, I have seen firsthand how difficult it is to fight cancer and how long recovery can take. Relay for Life celebrates the fight and lets families knows that they are not alone in this battle. I am grateful and proud of the Evelands, the Dittoes, their families and that Debbi and all the survivors “fight the good fight”.

It is easy to focus on the negative and always see the bade things in our community. Sadly, there will also be those people who dwell on the negative.

I firmly believe that the good things regularly happening in our local communities far outweigh the bad things. I would love to see next week’s editorial page filled with those positive stories. I believe that you are either part of the problem or part of the solution. Be part of the solution, it is more rewarding! You will also feel a lot better.

Vince Popo
Walnut Township

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