By Alex White, columnist ~ “Small towns, big potential”
“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” – Attributed To Lincoln
I’m still proud to call Luray “home”, and that pride has nothing to do with anyone serving in government.
As a matter of fact, if our value was tied up in any of America’s government officials, then none of us would be worth a darn.
I’m proud, because it is THE PEOPLE that make this place great. Not Town Hall (ANYONE in Town Hall) and CERTAINLY NOT anyone at the Washington Post.
I’m proud to be from a place where a black pastor could invite local police to a prayer vigil, railing against injustice while declaring that it is something that our home has largely (though not completely) been protected from.
I’m proud to live in a place where people work hard, love their families, and try their best every single God-given day.
When you leave social media (and the national media) to approach someone on our streets, you’ll find an open heart (if not always an open mind).
Most importantly, you’ll find a friend, and a friend from here is a friend for life — regardless of race, creed, gender, or orientation.
Yes, we have lots of work to do; that’s more obvious now than at any point in recent history.
Nonetheless, as the world learns our name from something that we are ashamed of, I encourage folks to remember that this is a place for everyone who is willing to work hard and participate in the life of their community.
As legend has Lincoln saying, “God must have loved the common people: he made so many of them…”
Our “common people” are the best thing we’ve got, and I am proud to say that they’re the best we could possibly hope to have.
Let’s not let that get lost in all of the soul-searching.
Jack “Alex” White is a student at Harvard University, where he is studying Government. While there, he has become the Policy Director for Harvard Undergraduates for Bipartisan Solutions (HUBS) and Senior Content Editor for the Harvard Economics Review. Alex is a lifelong native of Page County and graduate of Luray High School.
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