Message from Mayor Berube

Mayor Berube

Recently, a group of ten-year-old boys visited the city offices to be introduced to city government and find out how the city council functions. I was able to spend an hour with them. When they arrived, I escorted them into the city council chambers and had them sit in the mayor and council’s chairs. Their leaders and I sat in the audience and asked them questions as though we were citizens participating in a council meeting. I asked the boys what laws they would like to see the council adopt. One of the boys said, “You should pass a law that requires everyone to be kind.” I thought to myself, that would be interesting and what a great idea!

Kindness is a word we hear often, but I admit I had never researched the actual definition of the word. According to Wikipedia, “Kindness is a type of behavior marked by acts of generosity, consideration, rendering assistance or concern for others, without expecting praise or reward in return.” I’m proud to live in a community where kind acts are a way of life and paying it forward is more than a catch phrase.

I’m a believer in continuous improvement, and an area I would like to challenge all of us to improve in is being more considerate: considerate of the facilities in our parks, considerate of our neighbors, considerate of those who serve the city, and considerate of those who respond to our needs as citizens of this great community. Being considerate means being careful not to hurt others or their property. Recently, our parks have experienced a moderate degree of vandalism. Please help us reduce such vandalism by reporting suspicious activity. We continue to receive inquiries regarding compliance with ordinances about weeds and dogs. Please be considerate of your neighbors.

One of my favorite country songs is “Always Stay Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw. The second verse of the song includes the verbiage:
Don’t expect a free ride from no one
Don’t hold a grudge or a chip and here’s why
Bitterness keeps you from flyin’
Always stay humble and kind

The chorus includes the following:
Hold the door, say please, say thank you
Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie
I know you got mountains to climb but
Always stay humble and kind

Even though you may not be a country music fan, the lyrics of this song can help us in being more considerate.

I had to explain to the boys who visited the city office that you can’t legislate kindness, however, being kind can be contagious. Let’s use the month of September to render assistance and concern to others and see the difference it makes in our community.

Mayor Berube

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