Daniel Suddeath

Daniel Suddeath

Negative Nancy beware, we're going to try to stay on a positive note.

We need some good vibes in ol' Barren County. We've had plenty to separate us over the past year, but we'll leave those topics for another day. People pay attention to our words and actions, and if you were an outsider looking in and judging Barren County based on social media posts and public meetings, you might think we're the last place in Kentucky you'd want to live.

Nothing could be further from the truth. There are some great features to our little town and community. As I sat down to write this column Wednesday morning, my initial thought was to opine on Tuesday's Glasgow Electric Plant Board meeting, but instead, I decided to ask myself a simple question. What do I love about Glasgow? I have no family here, I don't own property, and frankly, I could probably find a decent job elsewhere. But I'm still here. To my fellow Glasgow and Barren County residents, you're still here, too, which means there's something about this place that keeps you here.

So I'll start. Why do I love Glasgow?

• I love living within walking distance of the Glasgow-Barren County YMCA. The Y is a wonderful asset to this community, and one that we need to do more to support if we're going to keep it here. It's a five-minute walk from my house to the Y. You can't beat that with a stick. I just wish they would replace the hand sanitizer in the machine with Aspercreme.

• I love that we're pretty much a safe community. We have our drug and property crime issues like anywhere else, but we luckily don't have the levels of violent crime that other places endure.

• I love that I can be anywhere in Glasgow in 10 minutes. I've lived in Lexington and the Louisville area, and while those certainly aren't what I would call big cities, traffic could be a nightmare at times. As a procrastinator who enjoys hitting the snooze button at least four or five times each morning, I find comfort in knowing that I can be at work before my hair dries.

• I love the people here. We have some genuine, hard-working folks who are honest, capable and inspiring. Our residents are our best commodity.

• I love working at the Glasgow Daily Times. This paper has built a reputation for excellence over the years, and you'd have to witness firsthand the hard work and professionalism of my coworkers to understand how proud I am of them. Don't take quality journalism for granted. Real news isn't playing a game of "gotcha" or hitting record on your cell phone camera.

• I love the compassion of our community. From the Thanksgiving Feast to the volunteer efforts to start a homeless shelter in Barren County, we have people here who really care about others.

• I love that Glasgow values education. We have some of the best schools in the area and they are definitely supported by the community. Now we just have to work on ways to keep those bright young minds in Barren County.

I could go on, but I don't want to ruin my reputation and get too gushy. There are times when we must call out wrongs or offer what we believe are better ways for managing our government. But during this time of Thanksgiving, don't forget to offer gratitude for the place you live. We are free, we control our fate and we have people who want our community to be the best it can be.

Suddeath is the editor of the Glasgow Daily Times. His column appears in the Thursday edition and at various times throughout the week. Reach him at 270-678-5171, or by email at dsuddeath@glasgowdailytimes.com. Follow him on Twitter @DsuddeathGDT.

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