Our community has been bewildered by unthinkable actions that have far exceeded the most inhumane acts of mankind, and we have struggled to understand how these kind of things can happen right here in our happy little valley. And we are stunned in the awakening that not everything is as it appears or the ugly reality that there has been “a burglar in the bedroom while we have been fiddling in the parlor!” (Charlie Cowell – The Music Man)
Yet, throughout all of the emotional upheaval we have witnessed, again, the true heart of our people. Columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. wrote September 12, 2001, “Let me tell you about my people. We are a vast and quarrelsome family, a family rent by racial, social, political and class division, but a family nonetheless. We’re frivolous, yes, capable of expending tremendous emotional energy on pop cultural minutiae – a singer’s revealing dress, a ball team’s misfortune, a cartoon mouse. We’re wealthy, too, spoiled by the ready availability of trinkets and material goods, and maybe because of that, we walk through life with a certain sense of blithe entitlement. We are fundamentally decent, though – peace-loving and compassionate. We struggle to know the right thing and to do it. And we are, the overwhelming majority of us, people of faith, believers in a just and loving God. – Some people – you, perhaps – think that any or all of this makes us weak. You’re mistaken. We are not weak. Indeed, we are strong in ways that cannot be measured by arsenals.“
The same is true here in Cache Valley and Northern Utah. I have been impressed by the response of the community to the needs of Deserae Turner and her family as they deal with the tragic consequences of the evil choices of others. The outpouring of your hearts and help has been staggering, from all areas of the valley and across the country as well.
Your actions have been a quiet reminder of the common agreement we have between ourselves as members of society. An agreement which allows for the attainment of what each individual needs; physically, emotionally, intellectually, economically and spiritually; with a reminder that each individual is responsible to serve society to the best of that individual’s talents and abilities. These Principles of Good Business© seemingly reflect a common thought that each of us must have: A Stewardship of Responsibility, Adherence to Ethical Standards, The Creation of Abundance, A Pledge to Do No Harm, and A Duty to Give Back. Simple principles that, when followed, form the moral basis of a free society and guarantee the trust and confidence of our communities through the common acknowledgment of our expectations. – The Rules of Life – Another Life Lesson From the School of Hard Knocks
While it is challenging to face the ugliness of reality I take comfort in the observance of Alexis de Tocqueville, who said, “The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.”
We can help do that through our community support of the “Benefit for Deserae Auction” at the Riverwoods Conference Center on March 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM in Logan Utah. The good people at ERA Advantage Realty have certainly outdone themselves in organizing this event on behalf of the community. For questions or more information please contact Nancy Davis Buckway: 435-770-0404, Joy Gyllenskog Page: 435-757-7738, Kathleen Burnett: 435-881-1398 or Greg Henderson: 435-890-9293. Please come, participate and help bring healing to the Turners and to our community.
Thomas H. Fairbanks
Community Health Advocate
PS – I would hope that we remember that there are other victims beyond the Turner family in this tragedy, who are also members of our society. The Decker and Peterson families need your faith, forgiveness and prayers as well. May we not blindly judge them for the actions of others so we can collectively heal the heart of our community.