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Unity, community, diversity and commitment

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To Ellis County Press, since you distribute in south Dallas County, this may be of interest to you:

South Dallas County. I am from here.

My blood runs deep in south Dallas County. My great, great grandfather, Crawford Trees, Sr. was a pioneer farmer in the Cedar Mountains, currently called Best Southwest.

His wedding license with Anna Kimmell, dated July 22, 1845, was the first issued in the county and is in the corner stone of the county courthouse. I live within a couple of miles from where I grew up.

All of us may not be able to tell soybean features from Puts, Callas and Options but we know how to live in harmony with our neighbors and walk arm in arm for the common good.

We entreat the diversity and unity persists.

I grew up in the household of a single mom with, among other things, the belief that the future can be better than the present; I have the power to make it so; and an exposure to community.

Our immediate families would gather for regular reunions and would not miss the entire community’s family’s annual reunion which started with the men at an all night Bar-b-que at the Reunion Grounds in preparation for the big event the next day.

Without knowing it, we were subscribing to Wendell Berry’s thesis that one should cling steadfastly to family and community.

During my tenure as a member of the Texas House of Representatives representing Dallas County, every member of the Dallas delegation knew no boundaries.

Each member of the delegation represented the entire county.

While we came from different backgrounds, we supported the common good o the entire county. We stood in unity for the county. We operated by the same rules.

As I watched the recent Beijing Olympic Games, I was struck by the principle of the same rules as I watched Japan and the USA compete in volleyball.

The players spoke a different language, most could not speak to each other, observed a different custom, looked different, yet they all understood the rules of the game.

The rules spoke a common language heard by all. When the rules are in place and observed by all, the common good is displayed.

The Best Southwestern Partnership, an organization of cities, chambers of commerce and business men and women of all races and backgrounds is a textbook example of how unity, community, common good, same rules and promotion of the great good come together in a powerful current day demonstration of the components described by most as ideal in today’s society.

Unity, community, diversity and commitment to the common good are alive and well in south Dallas County.

Not unlike any other part of the county, we have our share of problems with crime and other negative elements and we also are not unlike any other part of the County; we have gated communities, Port-Coheres, golf courses, private schools, airports, hospitals and parks.

Fred Orr

Best Southwestern Partnership


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