Our Voice: Community cooperation key to accomplishments

August 22, 2013 

Each week, we see signs of our separate cities and agencies working together for the community at large. We value the pieces that make up the whole but liken our communities to homemade ice cream. The end product is better combined than individual helpings of cream, sugar, eggs, ice or rock salt.

Senior picnic

The All Senior Picnic is a good example of collaboration. The senior centers from our four cities work together for this truly community event and take turns serving as hosts.

This year, it's Pasco's turn. The picnic will be at TRAC on Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Although the event still is several weeks away, people were lining up in July to purchase admission to the event.

We're grateful for the community events that give us a sense of togetherness. We especially appreciate it when different groups or agencies work together to produce the events.

Zombie everything

Remember when a ball was presided over by a king and queen? We do.

We also remember when little girls dressed up as princesses. So we're not sure exactly how zombies became all the rage. But they are.

In fact, zombies are vogue now. A whole pack of them "invaded" the fair parade just last Saturday.

Everyone is cashing in on the trend.

For example, the Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is holding a Zombie Ball next month, and they are searching for an "undead" king and queen to reign over the event.

We expect this to be a popular evening because 1) for some reason zombies are popular, and 2) it's a worthy cause.

When it comes to charities, there really is no shortage of fundraising events or worthy causes to contribute to in our community. We think it's a reflection of the generosity of the people who live in the Mid-Columbia and their desire to make life better for others.

Even for "zombies."

911 centers

And it's not just the fundraisers or entertainment events that are enjoying community partnerships.

Benton and Franklin counties are working together to consolidate their emergency responders. Each currently has it's own 911 dispatch center.

Crime and other emergencies do not have such clear boundaries. On the Benton County side of the Columbia River when you get close to the Kennewick/Richland boundary, it's almost impossible to keep track of which jurisdiction you're in.

On both sides of the river you can drift in and out of city and county lines without knowing it.

Every year we are more metropolitan. Consolidating some of our cooperative agencies seems like a great step.

The decision makers still are sorting out the details.

But this already appears to be a case where working together will strengthen our community.

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