Dear Editor,

This November, there will be an opportunity for our community to choose hope with ballot issue 4B.

I sat down today and Googled, “quotes about hope.”  What I found to be most interesting about the search results were questions listed under, “People also ask.” Who said there is always hope?  Why is hope important in life? Where there’s life there’s hope? Related searches: quotes about strength, quotes about optimism, quotes about courage.

This made something very clear: we are universally and intrinsically designed to hope; to desire it, to seek it, to choose it.  Hope is foundational, a cornerstone on which lives are built.  Hope exists before proof or progress.  Hope is strong, but it takes courage.  It fuels dreams and starves fears.  Hope does not exist in the presence of perfection. It needs only opportunity and the prospect of a better tomorrow in order to thrive. When a parent hopes for her child, when a teacher hopes for his students and when community chooses hope for its future, lives are exponentially changed.

Reservations and objections, questions and concerns can all co-exist while still electing to invest in the most hopeful resources of our future: our children.  I’m talking about the children in your neighborhood, at your church, behind you in line at the grocery store.  It’s the children running through the fountains at Cimino Park. The children who receive a backpack from the community school supply drive. The children gathering bags of candy at the Labor Day Parade. The children in line for back-to-school haircuts. The ones who play recorders and sing their hearts out at school concerts. The ones who deliver paper hearts to the nursing home with sweet crayon messages of love and kindness. The children whose letters to Santa get answered thanks to generous donations. The children walking across the stage at graduation in celebration and those walking across the street to Trinidad State with anticipation.

This isn’t an abstract concept; this is authentic devotion to the next generation. This is about every child you’ve ever known.

Young leaders need to know we believe in them and will support them whenever the occasion arises. They need to trust we have their best interest at heart in all we do.  Community is more than a descriptor in Trinidad; it’s a cultural value. Say, “Yes,” to hope. Say, “Yes,” to them. Say, “Yes to B.E.S.T.”  It’s on us.

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