We believe that children are our future -- let them lead

Lots of elements about the Mid-Columbia bring us hope for the future. We've discussed several of them in this column. Some weeks we have talked about the spirit of volunteerism and other times about our natural resources.

Today, we're grateful for the young people in our community.

Agricultural series

We live in a great part of the country. We've said that before, and we're likely to say it again.

We are especially fortunate to live where it appears as if just about anything will grow.

The Tri-City Herald's monthlong series that's under way has brought us a new appreciation for crops we didn't know much about. It has also reminded us about the contribution agriculture makes to our community.

Everyone loves a fresh ear of corn on the cob or tomatoes straight off the vine. And we're fortunate that during much of the year, we can go to one of several farmers' markets and buy what was in the field just that morning or the day before.

In fact, several farmers will package up a box of goodies and bring them to town for you when you subscribe to there services.

But the fresh food is almost a byproduct.

Our agriculture component enriches the Mid-Columbia economically from the jobs it produces to the quality of citizens farms tend to produce.

We're grateful to our farmers -- three times a day.

Rock the vote

And speaking of our rising generation, we're excited about Rock the Vote from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at John Dam Plaza in Richland.

Although it's designed to educate the 20- and 30-somethings about issues and candidates on the ballot, we believe many of us could use that type of tutelage, regardless of our age.

The League of Woman Voters, the chambers of commerce and others also do a good job of providing electoral information and opportunities to meet the candidates.

But the league and the chamber don't provide a rock band and a beer garden at their venues. Not that they should, mind you. Just sayin'.

We suppose it's good to know your audience.

Locks of Love

We're impressed with the Hirschman brothers of West Richland who recently donated their long tresses to Locks of Love.

It takes a lot of conviction for kids to stick with something, especially when they're being mocked by their peers.

So to keep growing their hair for more than 18 months, despite the teasing and comments from other kids (and likely some adults), well, we find that courageous.

Many times things seem like a good idea at the beginning but once the opposition kicks in, it's easy to quit.

We admire these boys' fortitude and look forward to seeing this characteristic leading to other well-chosen goals.