Good day from the desk of the Alliance. I hope each of you are happy and healthy. 2020 has been an interesting and trying year for everyone. This is not the first year our character has been tested. There have been years and events in the past that have brought the fight out in us. Today I wanted to say thank you. I know I would be hard pressed to not say thank you in every Friday report but today is a special one. Thank you to each of the people in our community that have run for political office to make things better. Thank you to the ones that felt they had an answer, the passion, and the burning to do something for all of us. As you go to the polls next week lets all gather as Americans first and a community of one.

President Theodore Roosevelt had it right. After leaving the presidency in 1909, he toured the world hunting and speaking to crowds. In Paris on April 23, 1910 he spoke 35 famous words. I have copied them below. He spoke of the man (person) in the ring. The person who answers the bell and the calling. There is no doubt we have a lot of coming together to do in this country. I hope it starts today for our community. Thank you for the opportunity to make this community better.

— Tim Gibbs
Ashland Allinace

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”