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What would we do without them?Posted Friday, January 13, 2012, at 9:56 AM
It Is so easy to be critical of everything from people to businesses and anything
else that may cross our path in the course of a day. We seem to think that things
should always be to our liking, and how wonderful that would be. But, that is not
real life. Businesses are run by people and people make mistakes. We mess up
big sometimes. Of course, there are those people who do not give their best to
their job, their employers, their customers and clients or patients. In this case we
just have to be on our toes and deal with these people the way we know we should
no matter how hard it may be.
I am saying all this to lead up to what I really want to talk about.
We are a small town, therefore, our businesses are small. But, I have come to re-
spect and appreciate them very much.
The first is our local hospital and since we are a small town, we have a small
hospital. No, they don't offer all the services that a large town or city offer, but in
my opinion, they serve their purpose very well and I, for one, am thrilled that we can
say, "yes, Dexter has a hospital."
My beloved husband has multiple health issues and most are life and limb threat-
ening. Twice in the last five years had we not been blessed with our hospital, according
to his 'big hospital' doctors, he would have died. But, thanks to the quick and professional
actions of our hospital staff we still have him. Also, today he has his leg which would have
had to be amputated had our wonderful staff not performed their jobs quickly and efficiently.
I have jokingly made the comment many times about my youngest daughter, Shelly, that
we didn't have an emergency room until she was born. Meaning, I think we helped pay
for the emergency room with her. She was sick at birth and had many illnesses, plus
she became 'accident prone'. In raising her, I am very thankful that we had a hospital to
care for my sick child at the times I was scared out of my wits with her many accidents
Yes, I am so thankful that the leaders of our community saw to it all those years ago, that
we have a 'small town hospital'.
Another business I am thankful for is our local newspaper. Small town newspapers have
been around since the seventeenth century with the publications of the first colonial
newspapers. Today, nationwide, newspapers are in trouble, mainly because so many
readers are going to the web. But to me it is just not the same as having a 'real' newspaper
to hold. Remember how Ricky sat across from Lucy and read the morning paper? Also,
Warren, on Leave it to Beaver. I love going into restaurants all over and seeing people
pouring over the newspaper, whether it is the financial pages, sports pages, lifestyle
pages or even Kathleen's Korner.
Our Daily Statesman originally was called "The Messenger" and was later purchased
by a new owner, who then made it into a bi-weekly. I'm not certain about the dates,
but possibly somewhere in the late seventies, it became a daily paper.
Perfect? No. But, although small, thanks to the staff, our Daily Statesman has won many
awards in the newspaper field. This, as a community, we can take pride in.
Shut your eyes and think about our hospital and newspaper buildings not being here, or
worse, sitting empty. The most important to me is the number of people who have jobs
because of these two businesses. Just think of the importance these two businesses
lend to the economy of our little town and imagine our lives without them. Besides, where
else could you meet me in a 'korner' other than our own Daily Statesman?
I'm sure you know by now who my heroes and heroines are this week. They are the owners,
employers, employees, writers, doctors, nurses, volunteers, everyone who has a part in our
local hospital and newspaper. And yes, I include you, the subscriber, advertiser, patient,
whatever role you play in supporting our local hospital and daily newspaper. My hat is off
to all of you. You are true heroes and heroines.
See ya next time somewhere in a 'korner'.
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Kathleen is a resident of Dexter. She was born in Indiana, but her parents moved their family back to the Dexter area when she was three. Other than three years she and her husband, Collin, lived in St. Charles, Mo. and ten years in Birmingham, Alabama, she has spent her life in Dexter. As you can tell, Kathleen is a people person and believes in giving credit to whom credit is due. Thus, the reason for her hero/heroine column every other week in Kathleen's Korner. As you can tell, she also like to have fun, most of the time at her own expense. Kathleen (Grubbs) is a 1964 graduate of Dexter High School and invites her friends to her "Korner."