We are all those people and so many more. We are a collection of voices and faces from different parts of the country and world. We grew up here and moved away to become successful and respected. We came to school here because Elkhart County’s only four-year residential college is respected around the world. We opened small business here because we value the history and integrity of downtown commerce along with the sense of community it instills.
We are not without our challenges as we do not live in a fairy tale. We will continue to have disagreements and differences of opinion. We like it that way because it keeps us honest, keeps us thinking, keeps us progressing, as long as we truly listen.
We are not a community that defines itself by unemployment statistics in our work force or standardized test scores in our schools. We are characterized by all the people who dedicate themselves, no matter how dire the circumstance, to make our community a little stronger each and every day — teachers, civil servants, plumbers, factory workers, Cub Scouts, accountants, truck drivers, gardeners, bankers and even our children who dare to dream big.
This is why we are a great community, because this is who we are.
Michael Wanbaugh is managing editor of The Goshen News