Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Opinion

May 15, 2014

OUR VIEW: May is a special time in Barren County area

GLASGOW — We media types can, admittedly, become a little preoccupied with the shortcomings of the areas we cover. That’s part of the job. But we’re equally energized when our communities do things well, and in Glasgow and Barren County, there’s no greater reminder of our successes than the month of May.

Not only does May offer the respect- and appreciation-based holidays of Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, it brings one of the area’s best-known traditions in the Glasgow Highland Games. Perhaps most exciting, though, is the annual celebrations of our communities’ collaborative commitment to our young people: proms, graduations and end-of-school-year recitals, performances and awards.

The pages of the Daily Times have been filled lately with news of area students’ college plans and scholarship honors. Civic and private organizations have recognized these students at meetings and written checks that illustrate the entire community’s investment in our youths’ futures – futures that are filled with hope, ambition and goals.

May is the time when parents, friends, neighbors and mentors reap the rewards of the decades of support and encouragement Glasgow and Barren County devote to each student, whether the student is a high school senior or a nontraditional degree-seeker at the Glasgow campuses of Western Kentucky University or Southern Kentucky Community and Technical College.

This community certainly doesn’t do everything well, but it consistently emphasizes education, celebrates achievement and shows genuine pride when its residents reach important milestones. That’s among the reasons May seems so special – the late-spring sun mixes with the warmth of our friendships to cast Glasgow and Barren County in its best light.

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