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Another night of bedtime reading gave me the inspiration for today.

The quotation is from the book, “The Christmas Hope,” by Donna Van Liere.

The thought was written by Martin Luther King, Jr. It is a coincidence that I read this on the day that we celebrate his birthday. It is a good way to remember that his words are for the masses, not just a special segment of the human race.

“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all.  And so today I still have a dream.”

The New Year, with its cold weather, respiratory infections, news about recession, can be depressing if we do not have hope. If we look at both sides of an issue, we can often find not just a beam of hope, but actually a sunny sky.

The Town Improvement Committee is an example of this. There is up to $45,000 available for a new town hall from the USDA. Funds will be available once money from other sources is in place. This is good. It is a beginning.

Checking the membership list of the committee, over half of the members reside outside of the town limits. Several of those represent businesses in the town. This means that people are interested not only in Grantsville as a town, but also as the county seat. Businesses are donating services, supplies and funds to the town’s projects.

Remember the WalMart Day at the municipal park? Even businesses that specialize in food service did their part by providing lunch for the workers. Whatever your service, it can be used for the benefit of our county seat.

We can make a difference in our county.

“Hope never abandons you; you abandon it.” --George Weinberg.

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