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View from the Middle

By Jim Rohrer

So the beat goes on in Washington. Lawmakers and the White House continue to haggle. Now the main topic is the health-care website, but that’s just the latest thing to demonstrate that no one is thinking solutions. It seems more fun to bash the other party and blame them for all of what’s wrong.

That’s just the way things are, you might say. Not really … not here in Evergreen. Here, folks are focused on solving problems. Last Saturday at the Elks Club facility there was a packed house for a benefit to help those affected by the flood.
It was so crowded with Evergreen folks who were willing to reach into their wallets to help others that parking was a problem, getting a beer took too long, and finding a seat was nearly impossible. No one cared, because Evergreen turned out to hear the four bands that donated their services and to socialize with several hundred of their new friends who also attended.
On the other side of town, hundreds flocked to Mount Vernon Country Club to contribute to a fund-raiser for Project Sanctuary, an innovative program to help the families of deployment returnees reintegrate into their communities in the atmosphere of our Rocky Mountains.
In Evergreen and in towns across America, citizens do heroic and unselfish things to solve the problems facing their neighbors. That’s what we do; that’s what “community” means. It is great when it happens, and seeing it tells us that our strength is our people, their spirit and resourcefulness.
Meanwhile, in Washington the name-calling and partisan bickering continues. A recent Rasmusson survey puts Congress’ approval at 9 percent, and 57 percent of those surveyed would send all of Congress home with a single vote.
There is one voice in the wilderness: That’s the No Labels organization, which now includes 70 Republican and Democrat members of Congress. Their nonpartisan message puts solutions ahead of politics. Their mantra is “Stop Fighting, Start Fixing.” That’s an idea that was in practice in Evergreen on Saturday night!

Jim Rohrer of Evergreen is a business consultant and author of the bi-books “Improve Your Bottom Line … Develop MVPs Today” and “Never Lose Your Job … Become a More Valuable Player.” Jim’s belief is that common sense is becoming less common. (More about Jim at www.theloyaltypartners
.com.)