From the Editor's Computer
This is the first anniversary of The Chautauqua. It is hard to believe that I have edited this paper for a whole year. Time certainly does fly when you are having fun.
This past year has been an year of change in our world. At the global level, changes in climate, world relations and economics took place. There are also countless predictions for the state of global conditions in the coming months, and they are not very positive.
At the national level there were also changes - within the federal government, federal programs and climatic conditions that affected our national economy.
Closer to home, there were changes in our communities and farming districts. The closure of the Cheese plant in Bashaw was one event that greatly impacted our area.
With all the changes we have lived through in the past year, and all the changes in our world that we will probably be faced with in this new year, it is very important that we prepare ourselves for the coming events.
We need to make sure that our mental outlook is flexible and open to the changes. Some of us do not like change, but it is the only certainty in this life. Resisting, or fighting, change only makes the situation more difficult to deal with, and makes us hard to live with.
The generosity of Eastern farmers this past year with the Hay West program was a wonderful example of being open to change. May we all be as generous to our neighbours in need, whoever and wherever they may be as our changing future emerges in the coming months.
As I begin another year as editor of The Chautauqua I wish you all a year of personal growth, positive experiences and happiness in all that you do. Thank you for your support in this past year and I look forward to continuing to amuse, educate and entertain you with the paper!
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