Friday, August 19, 2011

Itís all about the children


By CHRIS MILLSPAUGH

On Monday night, the Seattle Mariners (53-68) used eight rookies (first-year baseball players) in their lineup as they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 6-5. One of the worst veteran teams decided to let their youngsters (all in their early 20s) take over and the result created a glimmer of hope in the Northwest for the future.

Clearly, it is up to the younger generation to turn the baseball world and the real world around. My generation is tired. They've watched their world come apart with wars, terrorism, an eroding economical system and an ineffective group of leaders in Congress tearing our country apart.

Here in the Wood River Valley for the last few years, I've watched our younger generation grow. They're, bright, clever and open to success. I've watched their parents, tired from life's conflicts, patiently trying to instill good judgment and hope into their offspring, even though they are struggling to stay afloat themselves.

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The children in this valley have been allowed to have fun in their formative years by taking part in a wide variety of activities, all encompassed in a beautiful setting. A happy child has an open mind, which allows them to explore. We love and encourage them because therein lies our promise of better days. They alone will be able to turn failure into success.

Only a few years ago, we were all chanting, "Yes We Can!" Now, it's, "Can We?" We need to fill this doubt by looking to the new generation awaiting its opportunity.

Talk to your children. Make sure that they are happy. Encourage them to succeed in whatever has claimed their interest. Life belongs to them now and maybe we can follow them to peace and prosperity before we leave this earth. It's all about the children.

Nice talking to you.




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