Times are tough for many.



Most people know of at least one person or family that is struggling.


Times are tough for many.

Most people know of at least one person or family that is struggling.

Empty storefronts along Peoria Street in Washington illustrates that.

The Golden Corral remains closed as well as the Bauer Furniture store.

Those empty stores can serve to diminish one’s view of a community.

Or one can choose to look beyond that and realize there is something in these communities to be truly thankful for.

One thing everyone can be thankful for — that is not determined by economics or the job market — is a sense of community.
A sense of community was evident on Washington’s Square as residents young and old put up flags to honor the city’s veterans.  

These flags were donated by Washington residents and business owners.

They did it out of a sense of responsibility to their neighbors, their veterans, their community.

That, too, is something to be thankful for.

A community is not buildings, homes or businesses. It is the people who share common beliefs, wishes and needs.

And, even more importantly, a community embraces those with beliefs, wishes and needs that differ from their own.

Those attributes are evident in Washington and they will be what helps pull the city through these tough economic times.

So, when gathered with family this holiday, do not forget to say a quick thank you for the sense of community found in Washington.