Editorial: ThumbsPublished 3:46pm Saturday, August 17, 2013
It’s always good to celebrate community, and Wells is a city with a strong sense of community. In other words, it has a lot to be proud of and to celebrate. With a new school in the works, a downtown that pretty much is filled and people with vision to accomplish big projects such as saving the train depot, there is much to optimistic about in Wells. All that didn’t matter, though, as people had fun watching fireworks, enjoying classic cars, listening to live music or even competing in a cribbage tournament. This was a weekend to just spend time with fellow residents and see friends and family.
This is an unscientific observation, but it seems there always is more car break-ins during the summer months than at other times of the year. Maybe it is just because people are out and about more, so their cars are more likely to be in vulnerable places. It’s hard for us to fathom why a person would feel so bent out of shape that they feel the need to steal from another person, let alone accomplish theft by breaking into a stranger’s car. Don’t they know right from wrong? We know this much: If before committing a crime more people thought about what their grandmother might say, there would be a lot less crime.
It’s one thing to say a city needs to improve its housing stock. It’s another thing to get out there and do the labor. Now that’s helping neighbors in a way that really says something, and it is just what Shinefest last week was all about as it held what it calls Rocking the Block. Shinefest brings Christians from local churches to the volunteer effort, and this is the second year it collaborated with the Albert Lea Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the United Way of Freeborn County and Habitat for Humanity. It’s always remarkable how our community collaborates so well. Believe us when we say so many places have a hard time doing that. Don’t underestimate what Albert Leans can accomplish when they work together.