Your View: Guest Column - Together, neighbors made it through storm

Mar. 17, 2014 @ 06:57 PM

BY MARK AND LESA PIERCE

We often take things like electricity for granted. It is usually there at the flip of a switch. Oh, how we rely on its magic to cook our food, light our homes, wash our clothes, refrigerate our foods, heat our showers, charge our phones, warm our homes, power our electronics, and so much more.   Isn’t power a wonderful thing? 
For several days during the ice storm we were in the dark.
And that brings me to another thing that we take for granted ... neighbors.
With limbs still snapping and falling from heavy ice accumulations, some were out with a generator hooking up to neighbors’ sump pumps to keep basements from flooding.  Others were checking on their neighbors to just make sure everyone was safe. Others shared lines from a neighbor’s generator to keep a pump running, heat a little coffee, prevent some things from spoiling, or to provide a blast of heat.  All helped try and at clear a crooked  path up our street through and around the debris.
While our yards and our street resembled war zones, gas grills were fired up to cook some food before it spoiled. Neighbors gathered whatever they had and assembled on one of the assets our neighborhood bungalows are known for ... a big front porch. We wouldn’t necessarily win any culinary awards for meeting all the proper food groups.  That wasn’t our goal. This was an impromptu gathering by word of mouth. We gathered together to eat, to fellowship, share a glass of wine or a beer, and make the most of a situation that we had no control over. We relaxed from cleaning up our yards.  We speculated on when the debris might be cleared and electricity restored. We discussed each other’s damage. We laughed. We joked. We enjoyed each other’s company.
And all by candlelight.
We missed our electricity and couldn’t wait for it to come back on.  We knew everyone was working hard to make that happen.  But at times like these, you realize that the REAL POWER is in your neighbors. Thanks neighbors! We love you all and we love High Point’s best neighborhood.

Mark and Lesa Pierce live on Otteray Avenue in High Point.


Taxpayers get stuck with Douglas’ debt
Councilman Foster Douglas. What a piece of work!
So he found a judge who was sympathetic to his extreme plight and with a simple wave of his highly educated and responsible hand, eradicated Douglas’ long-standing debt.  Sadly, the very people who Douglas is supposed to represent will be the ones who have to pay his debt. Just another liberal politician who is more than willing to let someone else do his heavy lifting.  How does he sleep at night?
DAVID W. SMITH
High Point

 

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