Dal­las Hay­wood run­ning for Yel­low­head County Mayor

The McLeod River Post - - Viewpoint -

If I was asked what one thing would I most want to ac­com­plish as Mayor it would be to fi­nally bring our County to­gether as a com­mu­nity. We cur­rently can best be de­scribed as a ru­ral group of rugged in­di­vid­u­als, with an over-ten­dency to­ward self-suf­fi­ciency, loosely con­nected by ge­o­graph­i­cal area.

A com­mu­nity is as strong as the so­cial fabric it has wo­ven. At this time in our his­tory, we can start weav­ing with aware­ness and pur­pose, or just keep weav­ing blindly with­out and then won­der why we are not reach­ing the heights we could.

We hardly know our neigh­bours any more. It would be well to dis­cover them and our com­mon ground with­out first go­ing through a disas­ter to­gether. (Speak­ing of which, an emer­gency disas­ter plan would go a long way to­ward build­ing unity in our lit­tle part of the world. Do we all have fam­ily and neigh­bour­hood plans or are we re­ly­ing on fate and destiny?)

Fur­ther to the so­cial fabric, it will ben­e­fit us to be more aware of de­mo­graph­ics that we are try­ing to at­tract and re­tain as res­i­dents: young fam­i­lies and se­niors. Both have unique needs and de­sires and con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity in their own ways, with­out which we would be less than we are. Se­niors pro­vide a per­spec­tive of ex­pe­ri­ence that ag­ing brings, while youth, at its best, is the spring from which cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion flow. Both groups con­trib­ute best when feel­ing se­cure and sup­ported as their in­clu­sion in com­mu­nity plan­ning in­di­cates.

More se­niors are need­ing dif­fer­ent kinds of care than ever be­fore and we all agree that we should be pro­vid­ing QUAL­ITY care, es­pe­cially in those fleet­ing later years. This shows we value elders and want them liv­ing here.

Young peo­ple are harder to gen­er­al­ize about. They’re of­ten on the move, fo­cused on get­ting es­tab­lished and can ap­pear un­in­ter­ested in their im­me­di­ate phys­i­cal sur­round­ings. How­ever, there are many ex­am­ples to show that when feel­ing se­cure about their fu­tures and their chil­dren’s’, this is a gen­er­a­tion of givers; pay it for­ward their mantra. This is the stuff that great and last­ing com­mu­ni­ties are made of and we want more of th­ese among us.

What do THEY want? IN­TER­NET, ameni­ties, good schools, other young peo­ple. They want to have a say in all of the things that con­cern them and tools to suc­ceed. More and ear­lier en­tre­pre­neur­ial and other train­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions of all types, will in­evitably lead us to suc­cess. More skilled and trained work­ers are re­quired to ser­vice the pop­u­la­tion we have (and which will in­crease in the near fu­ture if I am Mayor). We want our re­liance on HU­MAN and nat­u­ral re­sources to be more bal­anced.

To ex­pe­ri­ence and know about our­selves will lead us to our col­lec­tive iden­tity, with­out which we have no call­ing card to give the world, which we need as there is a lot of com­pe­ti­tion out there for res­i­dents and tourists alike.

Tak­ing ini­tia­tives to­ward th­ese in­ten­tions takes lead­er­ship I feel I can pro­vide. Visit my Face­book page Dal­las Hay­wood for Mayor and then I hope you will give me your sup­port in the Yel­low­head County mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion Oc­to­ber 16.

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