What’s Left?

Apr 18th, 2012 | By admin | Category: Opinion

By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher and Simba the late Squeaks adoptive baby

Last Friday I got to go see my nephew graduate from the Law Enforcement Training Academy in Pocohantas. He was one of 45 men and women graduating from the 13-week course which was held at the Black River Technical College. As I sat there watching all the graduates get their diplomas, I was so proud, not just of him for completing the rigorous courses, but of all those men and women and their desire and dedication to serve their communities. It was inspiring to see their enthusiasm.  And, just like the dedication of the police that serve their communities, I was thinking tonight (Monday) as I sat in a long City Council meeting about the dedication of all our city employees, city officials, and all of our commission members - who get no compensation for all the time they spend in their meetings. I have a particularly unique position to see all these people work and I have to tell you that, unless you are a relative of one of them, you just can’t believe how many hours they spend trying to make our city a better place to live. I am talking about the people who work in the street department, water department, administration, animal control,  code enforcement, city attorney, city judge and court personnel, city council members, dispatchers, ambulance personnel, water and sewer commission,  planning and zoning commission, ball commission, parks personnel and, of course, fire and police. (I hope I didn’t forget any dept. or commissions!)  I don’t really know how many city employees and city commissioners we have - but if you count them and their families and extended families - it has to touch almost every person living in Beebe. I am sincere in saying that these people really do a good job and they work very hard for their money - and some get no money. We should all be very proud of them - and tell them so. You know, we really should have an appreciation day just for those who serve the city. Maybe we can get that started? Sounds like a good Chamber project…?

For me - I would like to say thanks for all that you do for the city!

You know, I did not grow up here. I grew up in No. Little Rock - until I was 16, and then moved to Beebe. And I’ve been really happy to live here vs. No. Little Rock  - not that it was bad - but a small town is much better. If you’ve never lived anywhere but here - be happy. I feel sure you’ve had a happier life than you would have if you’d lived in a large city.

Go to your happy place (Beebe?).

See you next week!