this weeks edition:
Kicking off the 2018 election cycle…
The year has barely begun and so has the 2018 election cycle. Actually I am already tired of commercials for the federal positions that keep interrupting my favorite tv programs. The filing period officially began yesterday and will run through January 27. Locally the interest may be more prolific than some off-year elections. While the majority of our elected officials will not be running there will be enough to make it interesting I think. We have our Senator and Delegate to worry about. We also have one County Commission seat up for grabs as well as the prosecuting attorney and three board members.
I encourage anyone interested in these positions to look them over carefully. These offices are a major commitment for anyone who will be a true public servant. But, if you have some agenda other than serving those who elect you… please don’t waste our time.
Like it or not, social media is probably here to stay. It certainly has some real benefits but it also carries some excess baggage. A good example was the gossip that flooded Facebook when our county experienced this latest disaster in which several people lost their lives in a fire. I think people have to realize the damage and additional pain they may inflict by just being nosey and a gossip. There was undoubtedly incorrect information posted that should never have been released. There is a mechanism to keep comments private on Facebook and I really think everyone should use it, in times like this. Make sure what you put out to the public is correct information and not just hear-say.
The positive side of this terrible accident has nothing to do with Facebook or any other form of social media. It the way our county comes together and works together for the common good. I was not on the scene of this fire. Battling this crud quickly let me know that I would be a burden and not a help, so I stayed home. I did however talk to a number of people who were involved. Everything I heard was 100% positive. It was amazing how well the first responders worked together. It was also refreshing to see how the community came to their aid. I did see something on Facebook that I liked after this event was over. One of the firefighters thanked everyone for helping and used the words “Braxton strong.” I like that. In all the years I have been a volunteer that is probably the main ingredient that kept my spirits up in times like these. Braxton is a great community and dozens of people giving up their time to spend 14 hours in freezing weather to help their neighbors, proves it.