Our Voice: We find much to love about Mid-Columbia this Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is thought of as a romantic holiday, but much satisfaction in life is derived from love and passion in a nonintimate way.

And there's much to love about the Mid-Columbia on Valentine's Day and all year long.


We love traditions. When you combine that with a city's personality, you have someplace to call home.

So we like the idea of Connell's noon whistle being repaired.

Apparently not everyone in town feels the same way.

So we're also glad to live in a community where people can and, in this case, do circulate petitions and lobby their city council.

It's nice to see people engaged in their communities.

Richland author honored

The Mid-Columbia is home to some pretty talented people. Maureen Doyle McQuerry is this week's evidence of that bounty.

Her novel, The Peculiars, earned the American Library Association's 2013 best fiction for young adults award.

We're inspired, not so much that her work was recognized, but that she has the will to follow her dreams.

She is also a wife and mother. And she teaches at Columbia Basin College.

We love what she shared with our reporter, "That recognition is validating and helps me feel like I'm doing what I should be doing."

We have the same wish for everyone in the community.

Local roots

Former Tri-Citian Janet Stevens, aka "a hairdo archaeologist," had an equally inspiring quotation in a story about her in The Wall Street Journal. She said, "Whatever you're most passionate about when you're 5 is what you should do for the rest of your life."

She's a hair designer (and self-taught expert on ancient hairdos). She started cutting her Troll dolls' hair when she was 5. We're not sure how old she was when she started researching ancient hairstyles.

But her story gives you a good reason to revisit what you loved doing when you were a kid.

Northeast blizzard

While the Northeast corner of the country digs out from several feet of snow, we have to be grateful for our climate. We sometimes get a winter storm and our winds can be noteworthy, but for the most part we have mild weather, beautiful desert scenery, robust agriculture and all-around livable conditions.

When we read about hundreds of thousands of people without power or heat for days on end, we are all the more thankful for our functioning infrastructure and mild weather.

Thankful Thursday

We're also grateful for good neighbors when things do go wrong.

Since we started our Thankful Thursday experiment in November 2010, our faith in humanity has been renewed on a weekly basis.