EDITORIAL: A happy, new year


Spring has arrived in Chickasaw County and if the sun is shining we will all get that primordial urge to clear, dig and plant.

Women have conducted Spring cleaning in this community since pioneer days when their ancestors heralded the first warm weather as a sign to wash, sweep and clear the house of winter's dinginess. Guys know the drill – they are sent outside to rake, bag and haul off trash that has accumulated over the past five months.

Neighbors will greet neighbors and people will wave to passing cars as they clear the flower bed and tidy up the front yard.

We think it's easy for residential areas to get in the spring cleaning mood.

It is our wish for the commercial and industrial areas of our community to catch the same spirit.

Families who take pride in their home show it and that pride returns to them in the form of higher property values, less crime and the respect of living in a well kept neighborhood.

Those same returns await our commercial and industrial neighbors who “tidy up the front yard.”

This town has a definite need to clean up the main entrances to our community. They may seem fine and normal to those who have looked at them for years, but they leave less than a good first impression on those driving in for the first time.

Recycling is the wave of the future and much of that junk has a value, if you'll make the effort to haul it to a recycling center. And, yes, some of it has no value and just needs to be hauled off or least moved where no one can see it.

Our schools work hard to instill pride and higher self esteem in our students. Our industrial board strives to put their best foot forward every day that dawns.

We want to remind local businesses that every store in this town has a stake in the appearance of this community. Now it is the time for run-down property to spruce up and put a good face on downtown.

Take a little pride in your town. The rewards will make us all smile and be proud to call this community home.

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