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The following is a quote a co-worker sent me.

“Contemplating why every bottle offers me anti- something except for Head and Shoulders Shampoo. Anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-wrinkle, anti-aging. Not Head & Shoulders. No, they offer me the option to purchase the dandruff already in my shampoo! Fabulous! Just what I need … I’m so confused ...”

She thought it was funny and I agree.

But, I think there is a bigger picture to consider.

Why is there a need to be anti-.

The words anti means to be opposed or against.

We hear the word used in combination with so many other words such as establishment or government. The list goes on and on.

It seems that our world is consumed with being against so many things.

No wonder people say we have such a negative outlook on life.

Here’s a thought – how about being pro.

Of course, this doesn’t work with the quote I just mentioned. I am definitely against poor hygiene or other conditions we should be taking care of.

However, there are plenty of times we could be pro (for) – active in the world around us.

Can’t we be for our fellowman and his or her well-being, regardless of skin color, religion or sexual orientation – additional examples where the word anti is used.

It is beginning to seem like all we are pro or for is ourselves.

Despite living in a small, rural county in North Iowa, we live in a much bigger world than we give ourselves credit. We have to because no one else will give it for us.

Yes, I know there are people right here in Mitchell County who are anti – and yes, sometimes being anti is not a bad thing – especially when it comes to actions which are very detrimental to our health and well-being.

I think we have to be careful we don’t take the anti-stance too far in how we view each other that we begin to decide what is anti for someone else.

A few examples of pro-movement here in Mitchell County include the improvements occurring at the Osage and Riceville Schools with construction and remodeling projects. How about the new community day care? Or the new housing projects taking place across Mitchell County. Thanks to a pro-Mitchell County attitude, specifically city and county government, helping the county move forward we will attract young people to our area.

Of course, projects like these and others come with a cost or price. Unfortunately, not everyone is willing to take the risk when it comes to these and other projects. 

Let's not get bogged down with a big clamor of naye saying. It is much safer to sit in the present rather than move towards the future.

Rather, again, let’s be pro or for each other right here in Mitchell County.

It’s something to contemplate as we go through our daily lives.

See how many times this week you can be for something. I bet it makes your world a little better.

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Did you make it St. Ansgar this past weekend for Town and Country Days?

It was a fun-filled day with a wide-variety of activities. It's always fun to see a whole community come together.

For many, it was their first time visiting South Square Collective - the former St. Ansgar Elementary School.

The community has also done a great job of saving this historic structure.

It takes many volunteer hours and donations to make something like this work. Hopefully the project will continue to receive community support over the long haul.

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Jim Cross is editor of the Press-News.

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