Letters for 08-25-2016

True colors of UP shine again
We ask that you stay with us until the
end as we use a story to illustrate a truth.
A factory that once employed many in
the surrounding community had been idle
for years when the owners decided to tear
down the building. But it was going to be
done slowly, over time. Only 1,000 bricks a
day would be taken from the building that
covered tens of thousands of square feet.
To people who still lived in the community,
the project understandably seemed to drag
on and on. Any progress made in the process
was hard to see, as maybe a million of bricks
were removed just 1,000 at a time.
A former worker at the plant who moved
away when it was idled returned to the
community and commented to a friend,
“They’re really making progress tearing the
old building down, aren’t they?”
The point we’re hoping to make is this: If
you see something every day, day after day
for an extended period of time, you might
tend to take it for granted. Something you
once saw and might have been marveled by
becomes common.
All that to get to this.
On Saturday night, the true heart of Union
Parish came shining through again in a most
unlikely place.
The Union Long Spurs Chapter of the
National Wild Turkey Federation held its 20th
annual banquet Saturday night at the Willie
Davis Recreation Center. Attendance was
fueled by it being a notable anniversary, and
contributions to the cause were high.
Almost as an aside – after the live auction
ended – one member had an idea how to end
the evening. Alan Futch, who co-owns the
Dean of Flowers with brother Lance – had
created another masterpiece that was used
at the head table. The idea was to auction
the arrangement and donate the proceeds to
Albritton-Carter Post 5442 of the Veterans of
Foreign Wars in Farmerville. The thought was
the gesture might raise a couple of hundred
This is where the difference between the
brain, where thoughts originate, and the heart
of people can be notably measured.
Two men thought they’d each bid far more
than was originally thought the auction might
bring. They each paid the price and told the
auctioneer to sell it again. Another person
bid the same price the first two buyers bid
and again said sell it again. When the auction
finally ended, somewhere close to $5,000
was raised for the VFW.
Our “thank you” goes far beyond the
money that was raised, which is significant.
It extends to being examples of why Union
Parish and its people are truly remarkable.