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For Valentine’s, let your friends know you care

Valentine’s Day is Wednesday – and if you haven’t already prepared for it, you better get busy because the expectations for adults are high. Once you leave childhood behind, Valentine’s Day becomes a day for lovers, spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends. It’s a day that young women dread if they don’t have a date. But it remains a day that all women expect at least some acknowledgement from their significant others.

We were thinking back to Valentine’s Days in our childhood, long before we were old enough to have significant others. In those days, we gave a valentine to everyone in our class at school. Granted, they weren’t anything special, nor did a lot of thought go into them. They were packaged valentines that we bought at the closest store.

However, they were friendship cards, not declarations of undying love. As children, we didn’t expect a dozen roses or fancy chocolates. We were happy with those little candy hearts and their messages that were not exactly personal.

Today, we would like to re-create the Valentine’s message of our childhood and tell our friends how much we appreciate them. It’s an expansion of the accepted meaning of the day, but maybe we all need to remember to tell our friends we care.

Maybe our re-created Valentine’s Day messages could say: Thanks for being my friend, Love my friends, Coffee?, Call me, I’ll stand with you, I care about you, Friends are special, Thanks, friend.

We’re not trying to make remembering the love of your life any less special, but the love of your friends is also important, and they play a big role in your life. We should remember them also and let them know how much we appreciate them.

So, we wish a very special Valentine’s Day to our friends and acquaintances who bring a special kind of love to our lives and who stand beside us through thick and thin. Have a great day and know we are thinking of you.

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It is quite impressive that more than 80 percent of the voters favored the two-mill levy for capital projects. It is also not impressive at all that only 3 percent of eligible folks voted.

The number of people who showed up to vote was dismal. It’s a sad situation when so few people determine an election. We can only hope those people who didn’t vote are not the same ones who complain about their taxes or their schools.

It’s so important in today’s world that we vote so our voices will be heard. It’s too easy to feel isolated from our government and to believe that people in power don’t care about our opinions. Well, folks, our voices won’t ever be heard if we don’t vote.

Why would those in power think we care, if only a small percentage of the people vote? We have another opportunity to show our elected officials that we do care by voting in the municipal election in March. It’s time to take charge of our city by selecting who will be in charge by casting an educated vote.

And, have a special Valentine’s Day by celebrating with friends and loved ones.

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