Maybe you’ve noticed the paper looks a little “different” lately. One of our staff recently left to care for her aging parents, so I’m learning how to lay out pages, and everyone else in the office has some new duties too.
Please bear with us during this time of transition. I noticed several typos in last week’s paper, and it pains me to have that happen. Things have been pretty hectic, but we hope to get better.
I do want to express again my appreciation to all our guest columnists. Please be sure and tell them if you like their writings. Trust me, it’s a bit scary for a beginner to put him/herself out there on the page.
Their contributions appeal to a variety of readers, and I personally find it fun and interesting to consider different experiences.
I believe that memories can do more than inform us of times past; they can also provide us with a new vision for the future.
It helps to know that Irvine hasn’t always had the problems it has now, not the same ones anyway, and a day may come when we’re better than we’ve ever been.
I like the ideas of some of our newest business owners, and I’m truly excited that some of our youngest natives have the desire to see this community grow.
I hope many of you will take a few minutes to check out the posters that Lyda Arvin, a UK student from Estill County, is displaying in the courthouse.
She is asking for residents to label points of interest on a map of the area.
I noticed that someone had labeled some of the “eyesores” around the main corridors in and out of our county, and I agree that attention certainly needs to be paid to these.
Others are identifying positive places of interest, and that’s great to see also.
Whether it be a favorite country road we like to explore on Sunday drives, a favorite trail we like to hike, or a stop at one of our own original burger joints, there are many unique places here; that’s what makes it home.
But if I understand Lyda’s project correctly, I think “rebranding” our community goes beyond labels on a map.
We can also change our image by changing the way we view ourselves.
Instead of “backward,” why can’t we be “friendly and quaint?” Charming, even.
We can either say, “There’s nothing to do in this town,” or we can say, “Let’s look at what we have—and what can we do with it?”
Accentuating the positives might seem too pie-in-the-sky for the realists among us, but won’t our outcomes ultimately be better than if we focus solely on the negatives?