Proud to have you as neighbors
POSTED: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 7:16pm
UPDATED: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 4:26pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — While reading this morning, I came across the story on The Blaze, and it's good news.
After what we've seen the past few years out of Washington, D.C., with an effort trying to get more Americans to depend upon the federal government, something wonderful happened.
But first, the bad news.
This past weekend twisters tore up the Midwest and obliterated a city in Illinois. Right after the incident, relief trucks rolled into town and those driving the trucks were stunned at what they saw. On a big white billboard the sentence "Please, no more donations."
Did you hear that? "Please, no more donations." What a refreshing thing.
Don't get me wrong, there are some things we really rely on the federal government for, like the Army and to build and maintain roads.
As far as I am concerned, that's about all i need.
I don't want your phone .
I do believe the government should help those who really need it with a reasonable amount of unemployment benefits, that's fine.
But, these folks are taking their fate in their own hands.
That is one thing I love about this part of the country, East Texas.
You are hearty people here and that's why I love you.
I use this story for an example all the time to others about where we live. During Hurricane Ike, we were out and about here at KETK following the storm damage. There were reports trees and limbs were down along Highway 21 between Alto and Nacogdoches. There were the obligatory statements by officials to stay in, don't drive and be careful and it could take days to get roads clear.
But, some of our hearty neighbors said, "bull." They went to the garages, threw their chainsaws in the back of their pickup beds and started driving. One of the most wonderful pieces of video we showed you was East Texas men and their oily, heavy-duty chainsaws going at it and shortly after the damage was done, t was fixed.
Our neighbors didn't wait. They sucked it up and got it done. What a breath of fresh air that was, and to me still is.
That's my point of view, what's yours?
You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook me at KETK Neal Barton.