Bumper stickers and T-shirts advise people to "Bloom where you're planted."
Sandusky High School Class of 1989 classmates Heather Love Carman, William Steuk, Tracy Shoemo and Michael Kaufman have taken those words to heart.
All four have thrown their hats in the ring for the upcoming election. Educated in Sandusky Schools, armed with degrees from prestigious universities, they could have moved anywhere in the country to make their marks. But they chose to come home, to honor their roots and help ensure the future of the area.
One of them, Kaufman, noted Sandusky and environs has opportunites not always noticed by the young people who leave.
We'd add to that and say there are opportunities not appreciated by the older people who stay.
All too often, we hear there are no opportunities for young people here. At the same time, we see these four and many others who have made their way here successfully. The opportunities are here for those who are willing to prepare well and work hard in their chosen fields. Sandusky and vicinity are home to young doctors, firefighters and police officers, store owners, journalists, restaurant owners, hair salon owners, landscapers, their support staffs and a host of other career-oriented people.
Clearly, these successful individuals didn't listen to the naysayers, young and old alike, who are always bemoaning the lack of opportunity. They didn't get where they are today by buying into the collective negativity of the town criers. They looked at the situation here, recognized the challenges facing the community and chose to focus on what they can do, not what they can't do.
It couldn't hurt if more of us followed their lead.