Our Voice: We're grateful for people who are willing to help

May 2, 2013 

A closer look

Hats off to Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute for offering their facilities to the doctors from Kennewick Vision Care who were burned out of their building this week.

It must be quite a setback to lose your business and whatever specialized equipment goes with it.

We suspect it also will take some time to get settled into a new place.

The offer from PCLI is generous.

According to their Facebook page, other businesses are also lending a hand, such as Budget Printing, Heaston & Thompson Vision and Mike and Debbie Smiley from Twin Rivers Optical.

They also have received offers of help from optometrists and ophthalmologists locally, across the state and across the nation.

We're grateful to live in a community with thoughtful people.

Farmers Market

The weather still is being fickle, but the Farmers Market in Pasco is opening Saturday, so it must be summer now -- even if you still need a jacket.

Fresh, local produce is one of the great things about living in the Mid-Columbia. Wandering around the market looking at things you don't know what they are, listening to live music and grabbing some lunch, well, all that's a bonus.

Acting up

Congratulations to Santino Fontana for being nominated for a Tony. The Richland grad is being recognized for his Broadway performance in Cinderella.

The Class of 2000 Bomber has worked hard to get where he is. It's inspiring to see someone set his eyes on the prize and work for it.

Success requires vision and effort. That's not to discount the serendipitous events you might wonder into on the way.

Both are good.

Too many times we settle for less than our personal best.

The Tonys will air June 9 on CBS, but anyone with drive and passion is already a winner in our book.

Reading festival

Kyle Cox's In Focus column on Sunday talked about how libraries around the country are having to close down branches.

We didn't realize that.

That makes us especially grateful to live in an area where our libraries are strong and people continue to show an interest in reading -- whether it's in the form of a book or a blog.

The Dia Festival at Memorial Park on Saturday drew more than 1,200 people. We like the idea that people still enjoy reading and that families are reading together.

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