The message boards at www.tylerstarnews.com are full of clarion calls to action, cries for help and burning questions without answers. But perhaps the issues within our communities that seemingly drive us apart, will be the catalyst for the explosion of ideas that brings us together again.
Regardless of which end of the county we call our home; what high school we give our allegiance to; where we were born or raised; or what civic group receives our time and devotion - each citizen in Tyler County is bound, one to another, by the common knowledge that something needs to change.
We are surrounded by some of the most amazing natural beauty on the planet and we hold in our hands some of the most precious resources available. We boast sites of historical relevance, communities with rich historical backgrounds, and people with the knowledge, know-how and ability to get things done. We are a diverse community made up of several communities, but think of the possibilities available to us if we pulled together, set aside our differences and came together for a common goal.
On the surface, things look grim and bleak for Tyler County. People are out of work, nearby plants are closing down, businesses are struggling to keep their doors open and their heads above the water. But in times of turmoil and great despair it's important to remember that it's always darkest before the dawn.
Weare Red Raiders, Tigers, Silver Knights and Wildcats. Among us are Blue Devils, Blue Eagles, Monarchs, Hornets, Lumberjacks and Big Reds. Our community coat of many colors is stained with hues of silver, orange, black, red and purple. We have met on the field of battle and under the Fridaynight lights in times gone by. We have competed against one another for jobs and even now we fight to be the loudest voice.
Weare Catholics, Methodists, Lutherans, Baptists, Agnostics and unbelievers. We are Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and Independents.
We are reporters, teachers, coal miners, police officers, bankers, cooks, bus drivers, cashiers, truckers, car salesmen, students, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters.
But today we are called to put aside the differences in creed, occupation, upbringing, allegiance, religion, politics - whatever divides us -and fight for our community because it's no longer enough for us to co-exist.
Let's come together for the common good of our community at large.