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2/12 MI Town: Patty Taylor Dutcher

February 11, 2014

Not too many years ago, two communities were hoping and wishing for access to something new and bright and shiny called the Internet and all the good things it promised. They contacted a major corporation and were basically told that we weren’t important enough for the corporation to spend time and expense providing the services. Instead of whining that nobody loved them and everybody hated them, the two communities got together and after a lot of thought, planning, money and hard work (mostly hard work), they put together a community access Internet service.

There were lots of hitches, glitches and growing pains, and despite the odds and challenges, that community access Internet service got better and better. Those of us who are subscribers are happy and content with the goods and services provided, and look forward to receiving the informative and interesting monthly newsletter. The company’s offices are located nearby, our phone calls are answered in a timely manner and service is just fine.

During the last several weeks, another major corporation took notice of our communities and showed up with all kinds of new bells and whistles, promises and more promises. Some of us heard bad things about our local Internet service, the rumor mill revved up even faster, and people got the impression that we might want to jump on that bright new bandwagon while we had a chance and party with those who were having the most fun.

This reminds me of a story from back in the day when a darling young woman had been asked to go to the prom by two young men. One was the boy she had known most of her life who had helped bandage her knee when she fell off her bike, shared ideas on school projects and gave her rides home from baseball practice. The other was a charming guy with a brand new sports car who just showed up from out of nowhere, saying he was much more fun and could offer her more good times than her old friend. We all know that the girl was wise beyond her teenage years and chose the friend that she knew and could always count on. I’m thinking it’s a good idea to keep our money where our town is — and help our local community businesses.

Parents and kids over the age of 4 are welcome to attend the Ash Creek Arts Center located at 311 S. Monmouth Ave. (the old Independence Library building) on Saturday to learn to make 3-D oversize Georgia O’Keefe flowers. The class is from 2 to 4 p.m. and is free. There will be additional classes and activities offered at the Ash Creek Arts Center in March.

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