Before moving back to the Tri-Cities, my boyhood home, several years ago, I lived for many years in Arizona. In 1991, the Phoenix Points of Pride program was established to recognize and honor local landmarks so residents could take pride in their community. The program not only promoted citizen awareness of the city's unique heritage but had the added benefit of increasing travel and tourism.
If the Tri-Cities wants to establish an identity to call attention to itself, what some are calling a "brand," I think we should have our own Points of Pride program.
Some locations that immediately come to mind are the Carousel of Dreams, the Clover Island lighthouse, the Franklin County Courthouse and the Three Rivers Convention center. I'm sure my fellow residents can think of many others.
We could establish a commission, using not much tax money, to narrow suggestions down to those that most people can agree upon, and then blow our horn loudly!
BOB DOWLE. Kennewick