|9/30/2020 10:56:00 AM|
Critical time to unite
In a few days, Windom area residents will spend an evening celebrating what has evolved into one of the most enjoyable evenings of the year - Night to Unite.
October 5 will be an evening that brings together city and rural residents of all ages, genders and ethnicities for ice cream, hot dogs, burgers and socialization. What sometimes gets a bit lost in the shuffle of all the fun and delicious food is the opportunity to support law enforcement and public safety.
Night to Unite is a nationwide event that fosters community bonds between citizens, businesses and public safety organizations, such as our police, sheriff's department, firefighters and emergency medical technicians. On a national level, those bonds have obviously become frayed.
Without getting into the well-known events that sparked outrage, riots and marches, we will point out that none of those events occurred in Cottonwood County. From everything we have heard and seen, local public support for law enforcement appears to remain strong.
Still, two major highways carry heavy traffic through the center of our community. We have no doubt that some of those passing through town do not hold those same positive views of law enforcement.
Without a doubt there is pressure on the people whose job it is to protect and serve our community.
So this year, more than ever, we should take this opportunity to show our support for our local law enforcement staff and others with jobs linked to public safety.
Every day, these people put on their uniforms not knowing what dangers the day will bring. Will a heated domestic dispute lead to gunfire? Exactly what type of person is behind the wheel of the car they pull over on Highway 60-71? A wanted Chicago gang leader passing through town?
We may be biased, but we believe our region's troopers, police and sheriff's departments are among the best you'll find anywhere in Minnesota. And though they hear kind words from residents from time to time, it probably doesn't happen often enough.
If you see an officer at Night to Unite, please offer a smile, a wave, and maybe even a "Thank You."
- Rahn Larson