In our last issue we printed a letter to the editor that asked: “What are you for?” and so in this issue we asked some of our regular writers as well as candidates for local office to tell us what they are for. It therefore seems appropriate for me to use this editorial space to share what I’m for.
I’m for living the bumper sticker axiom “Think globally, act locally” and the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
I’m for striving to use less fossil fuel. I installed a geothermal heat pump system in my home and try to minimize my car trips. I recycle. I have finally trained myself to bring reusable bags to the grocery store and I’m still trying to remember to bring them into other stores.
I believe that as a nation and a planet we need to be supporting the development of alternative sustainable energy sources instead of destroying more of our planet by extracting fossil fuels. I’m for using the power of the ballot box and the purse to push our government and our multi-national corporations to support this development.
I believe that one person can make a difference, and that a few people working together can make a huge difference.
I believe that love is more powerful than hate.
I’m for eating home-cooked food made from in-season, locally grown ingredients. When I eat out I prefer eating in locally owned and operated non-chain restaurants.
I’m for exploring new places and trying new things.
I’m for treating everyone with kindness and respect and looking for the good in them, even when, especially when, it is hard to see.
I’m for walking down country roads in the dark without a flashlight by letting my eyes adjust to the dark and looking up and following the path of light in the sky, swimming in holes in clear mountain streams, sitting still in the forest watching and listening.
I’m for local live music, live theater, small festivals, pow-wows and country fairs.
I’m for home-grown entertainment like singing around the piano or the campfire, telling stories and playing games.
I’m for getting involved in the political process. I believe in voting, being informed about candidates and campaigning for candidates who support the ideals I believe in.
We’d love to hear from you. Send us your statement of what you are for (in 300 words or less) and we may print it in a future issue.
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