Wave Editorial 06-12-19
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Stronger together

The Issue:

“PRIDE in the Wasatch Back” banners adorn poles on Heber’s Main Street

We Suggest:

Worry about bigger issues than a few flags facing humanity

A few rainbow-colored flags. This is what’s dividing our community? Come on Wasatch County... We’re better than that.

A few weeks ago, the Heber City Council approved a citizen’s request to place banners depicting rainbow colors stating “PRIDE in the Wasatch Back” to be hung on three blocks of Heber’s Main Street.

According to the citizen who funded the banners through a Go Fund Me account, she felt it was time for her community to look beyond their perceived prejudices and come together and support one another.

In a nut shell, that’s all that she was trying to accomplish. Love and support one another.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the desired result.

This week on social media, the Wave has seen so much vitrol, name-calling and anger toward our fellow residents from both supporters and those against the flags, that we are saddened at the effects it’s had on our community.

The divisive nature of this issue has seemed to unravel our community at the seams.

Here’s a different way to look at it.

We are, each one, a color of in rainbow. We have different beliefs, different ancestry, different genders. Alone, we are just one color, and yet, when our colors come together we make something beautiful ... the rainbow of our community.

A community that should be supporting one another, not tearing each other apart.

There really are bigger issues facing humanity that we should be more concerned about such as a compromised environment, exploitation of children, and the opioid crisis. These issues should be higher on our radar than the placement of a few banners.

We need to do – and be – better.
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