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As you know we have just been through a hotly contested primary season, as a matter of fact as I write this one race’s outcome might hinge on a recount.

I don’t intend to get into the parties or personalities involved in this affair. I will leave that to more astute political observers than I am gifted to be. What I want to talk about is the importance of sustaining our momentum and indeed accelerating it. Surely if we can overcome twin catastrophic tornadoes we can come together after an election, even one with as many losers as this one, to find a way forward to a brighter future.

I have tried to do my part to preserve the memory of our past, be it by cemetery preservation, genealogical research, Civil War reenactments or just retelling of the old days.  I believe it is incumbent upon our present generation to connect past generations to future generations by preserving and passing forward our mountain heritage. To do otherwise would be tantamount to dishonoring our ancestor’s memory. The wisdom of the ages always proves to be the best compass to sail by for any that will heed her heading.

I have also strongly advocated for the development of tourism as one way to increase economic activity and enhance the quality of life for everyone who calls Magoffin County home. Of all things I have been blessed to be a Part of the Puncheon Battlefield Community Park is the one I am most proud of and the one that can have a lasting positive impact for our county. I am very proud of the work Jack Sizemore and I did to reclaim and set nearly thirty markers on the Stephen Howard Cemetery including a large memorial to Stephen who was the first sheriff of Magoffin County. I can only hope that some of my efforts will matter in the end.

As the picture implies the view from under the rubble can be beautiful, be it storm rubble or political storm rubble. I challenge that the powers to come do all in their might to lift Magoffin ever higher that the panorama from her veranda be both sweeping in scope and magnificent view. If whoever comes to power will build upon the foundations already in place they will be able to move our county into a beautiful future.