One person at a time


Dear editor and whoever is reading this in the area of Dickinson County or any other rural area that cares deeply for their citizens.

I know that legal system is cut down sometimes for whatever it may be. If you look at bigger cities such as Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit and even Green Bay, Wis. Crime is very wide spread because more population of course but I’m discussing our area in general.

Our officers around here some are raising families or have and they go about their jobs being the unheard heroes at times. Think about it for once a town without the police how you think it look like? Mad Max Under the Thunder Dome the strong would rule everything and a lot more things would be going wrong I’m sure.

We all are pretty safe of course being in a small town and more will know you or make up bad things about you but overall the safety around here is comfortable. Look at our local schools, Iron Mountain has had an officer in the school for quite some time even before there were shootings elsewhere.

Think for a minute if you went to your jobs here in town and no one complimented you much or mocked you while doing the job you were trained for how’d you feel about that?

I’m sure a lot of us might get discouraged or upset. I’ll admit while growing up I have had some run-ins with authority figures but I still respected them even if they were wrong in judging me for something.

The Fifth Commandment which first is taught about respecting authority growing up “Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee,” Exodus 20:12 I’m not going to make it a sermon here.

In a way we all have others delegated in authority over all of us as well and we are to respect that even if their judgment may be wrong of us. Without order it’s chaos and I think that next time you see an officer around let him know how good of a job he or she is doing for your community.

Not many are capable of carrying out the duties that officers do and at times their lives weigh in the balance more than the average citizen does encounter.

They are people too and I really think that if we treated them with humane respect more that they’d in turn be more empowered to do their jobs the best they can.

It’s like paying it forward. Do one good deed towards another fellow man and in turn he can help even more and so on and so on. The world can change one person at a time but it has to start with kindness and communication.

Try it there’s nothing to lose being kind to someone doesn’t have to be an officer. It could be your teacher or your mom your dad or someone you look up to.

So this is your personal mission if you know that you can influence those around you even if it is a friend that is looked down on. If your lifting others up around you instead of knocking them down like a bully, you’re going to change things. Trust me I would not write this if it wasn’t the truth.

Sometimes children teach me things I forget as an adult and really, we all can get involved in this.

Don’t give up and don’t quit my brother and I memorized this growing up. The poem goes: “Don’t Quit”

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, when the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, when the funds are low and the debts are high, and you want to smile, but you have to sigh, when care is pressing you down a bit, rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns, as every one of us sometimes learns, and many a failure turns about, when he might have won had he stuck it out; don’t give up though the pace seems slow, you may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than, it seems to a faint and faltering man, often the struggler has given up, when he might have captured the victor’s cup, and he learned too late when the night slipped down, how close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out, the silver tint of the clouds of doubt, and you never can tell how close you are, it may be near when it seems so far, so stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit, it’s when things seem worst that you must not quit. -Author unknown

Edward F. Olson II

Iron Mountain