Thumbs up to everyone that donated to the Williams Food Bank, Community Holiday Dinner, Toys for Tots drive, Salvation Army and other great causes during the holidays. Times are tough for many this year, and every donation - small and large - made a difference in at least one person's life. Anyone that has ever fundraised for a charity knows that those who have the least are typically the most generous donors. Thank you to everyone that made a difference.
Thumbs down to those that complain incessantly and do nothing for our community. Not everyone knows who you are because you don't attend community meetings, social functions or city council meetings. You are missing out by not seeing the entire picture. We challenge you to get out more in 2013. Instead of grumbling, find out how you can be a positive part of our town's future.
Thumbs up to all that stepped up to decorate the community this holiday season. As a tourism based community, it is vitally important that everyone chips in to make our community as warm and inviting as possible.
Thumbs down to those that fail to slow down when the roads are icy. Even if your vehicle is equipped with four-wheel-drive, it doesn't guarantee that you will remain on the road. It's not only tourists driving too fast, it's locals as well. It's ironic when someone nearly runs you off the road and seconds later, you end up right behind the offending driver at a stop sign. Please slow down. Life doesn't last forever.
Thumbs up to everyone who helped make the Babbit-Polson Warehouse Stage a reality. Artists including Mark Chesnutt and the Cadillac Angels have already graced the stage and it has come in handy at events like the annual barbecue competition. It's great to have a quality outdoor venue in town.
Thumbs down to business owners and residents that fail to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice. Winter isn't that long. It takes little time and effort to keep our sidewalks safe - plus, shoveling snow is excellent exercise. Clear sidewalks could prevent someone from taking a serious fall, which in the end, could be more costly to the offending property owner than the cost of snow removal. And, while you're outside, please remember to take down those Christmas lights. Yes, Williams is known for its Mountain Village Holiday celebration. However, Mountain Village Holiday lasts only from November through mid-January.