I am keenly aware of the power words have. Crafted correctly, they can inspire, and they can raise the spirit to heights of achievement. Done incorrectly, they can injure, hurt and destroy.
But a picture.... as the advertising adage tells us, is worth 1000 words.
We can see the love in the mother's eyes. We feel the pain of the wounded soldier. We share the excitement of the graduate.
And, a picture often more clearly makes a point that words only muddle. Point your camera at the fire hydrant spraying water down the street, and everyone understands the need to make a repair. Turn it now to the road sign hanging upside down, and the confusion is obvious. Focus in on the pothole in the middle of the road, and little else needs to be said.
So it is that I've decided to add an editorial section entitled, appropriately, "1000 Words....." Our letters section has length limitations, and we have a strict requirement that nothing is published anonymously. With our photo editorial, we will make some alterations to that policy.
Take a picture of something that you find of great concern that you feel needs to be shared with the community. Give us enough information to be able to identify the location and the date of the photo. You will also still need to provide me with your name, your address and a phone number or email; but, that information will NOT be published. If your picture makes someone uneasy or angry, your anonymity is preserved; and, perhaps, the problem will be fixed.
I'm hopeful that City residents will submit photos of dogs running loose turning over trashcans. Perhaps there are potholes that seem to be growing every day that could be submitted. Maybe there is blowing trash from open dumpsters that create an unsightly mess. SHOW it to us!
Outside of town, don't just tell us about your cattleguards or roads, take a picture and let us know what condition they're in, and what needs to be done. If someone has pushed over your road sign, take a picture and share it with others so they know that there is a problem.
You can email photos to me, directly, at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include all the necessary information. In the subject line, be sure to put, "1000 words." And, be sure to include all the information I've asked for earlier in this missive, or it will not be considered for publication.
While I'm talking about the power of pictures, let me make another plea.
Riata is beginning work on their next cookbook. The last time they did this, we were able to work with them to offer some of the many photos that had been submitted to us of Mason County beauty, and they were able to fill that cookbook with some truly gorgeous shots.
But, we've expended just about all the photos we had in our collection. We are hoping that with this year's fantastic spring display, everyone has been taking lots of photos. We're also hopeful that you will share those photos with us; and, possibly, allow some of them to be used in the new cookbook.
We will have more details in upcoming editions, so keep watching and start getting your favorite photos organized.
It’s all just my opinion.