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Friday, 11 April 2014 10:12

Guest column


Joe Denoyer

Mayor of Liberal



A lot of emotions after Tuesdays’ votes can be summed up in one word, WOW!

What the voters passed regarding the schools in our community, will have an impact for years to come. However, it is more than just the vote outcome and the schools, it is about a community coming together, working together to make itself better.

From the initial brainstorming Vision Team meetings, the city and school board coming together to let the voters decided on using sales-tax dollars to help pay for the project, the community chats, where the citizens had a lot of say about the projects, the plan presentations and the final vote, it was about listening to the citizens and what they wanted the future of our community to look like.

Let’s be honest, our children are our future, and giving them and their mentors all the tools necessary to be successful, is our responsibilty. Our community depends on it.

My hope is that just because the vote is over, we don’t all go back to our little corners of the world and rest on the accolades of this tremendous accomplishment.

What about our city, our town, our county?

Envision the possibilities if we all continued to work together, as one community? Just imagine all the great things that could be accomplished. Just as the bond issue went beyond the staff, administration and board of USD 480, and out into the community, so should the vision for our city and county.

We all need to come together, look to the future and define where we want to be in 40 years, just as the Vision Team and community has done with the results of the elections.

Attend a meeting, get involved with Focus On The Future, talk to staff and commissioners, let a positive voice be heard.

Again, congratulations to all those involved from the ground floor to the final vote, and to the children of this community – a great victory has been won for our future. But I say...’the work has just begun...how will you make a difference?


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