Adults need to continue Adulting

Jun 20 - mkamplain
Our County
D. Gary Davis
County Mayor

This past weekend’s Father’s Day activities were a welcomed family time at our home. I hope that each of you had the opportunity to spend time or at least talk with your father. If that was not possible, I hope that you were able to have a time of remembrance and reflection of good times and memories of days gone by.

Thinking of parenting, have you ever had the feeling that I just can’t "Adult” today? Watching, reading and experiencing the changing political climate that we are all seeing across the nation is beyond shocking, it has become scary. From national stories of literal assassination attempts last week of elected office holders on a baseball fiend, while practicing for a charity event due to an opposing political viewpoint to the local fallen 5 who were killed in our neighboring Hamilton County and Chattanooga. We seem to have a constant stream of 24 hour news personalities spewing forth their individual viewpoints as a substitute for actually just giving us the facts. I have faith that given, just the facts, we are all capable of making up our own minds as to what news is and how it is applicable to us as individuals, our community and our nation.

The time when we feel that we cannot take it for another day, is exactly what adults have always done, we take another step, and another and another. This action is what set us all apart from those who chose not to participate, but to be dependent on others for everything, including being told what to think. I do not have all of the answers, but I am thankful that I have been given the absolute gift of living in the greatest nation, state, county, city and community on the face of earth. This gift, along with hard work, has made it possible to achieve many, many things that I once only dreamed of as a child.

In this process of living we all have the option of our own thoughts and actions. We can build up or we can tear down. We can bless or we can curse. We can help others or we can hurt others. And one of the most important for us all to remember at this time in our history is that we can all disagree without being disagreeable. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and those who may not think the same are not mad, rabid, and evil people void of a soul, they simply disagree. In a civilized society we must find a way to live together peacefully or we will be destined to continue with even more inflamed conflict and actions.

This past week, as bad as it was, will hopefully be a "wake up call” to all of us Adults, that we truly do need each other and that an attack on one of us is indeed an attack on all of us. Had it not been for the grace of God and armed law enforcement professionals who ran TOWARD the threat while others were running AWAY, we could have witnessed the loss of multiple elected representatives lives and an indeed threat to our nation and way of life. We all need to continue to work together for the betterment of all across our nation. If you have the opportunity in the near future to see and speak with an elected office holder at any level and a law enforcement and emergency response professional please take the time to shake their hand and let them know that you, and your family, appreciate them and their service. In doing so we recognize the benefit of their service and continue to build upon what truly makes Bradley County, Tennessee at its best!

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