Wednesday, March 20, 2013

March Update Message

This month I was fortunate to author the City Council message found within the pages of the West Valley Journal.  Below is a copy of that message:

Take a Closer Look

A message from Councilmember Corey Rushton

            Plentiful impressions can be made from a distance, but authenticity can only be experienced up close. This was the lesson I learned as a young man from my great-grandfather who often beckoned me to venture further out into his garden and take a closer look at the beds that he had been tending to. The beauty of Grandpa’s garden, like our City is found in the creative and authentic works performed closest to the home. 


            From a distance, citywide conditions generally look good as we are quietly raising the standard of expectations in West Valley City. There are many obvious noteworthy things in our community that are being put into place, but ultimately it is up to each resident to take a closer look in order to authentically convert those assets into the City that they love to live in. The ways in which you could focus to make our City great are too diverse to mention. But, if you don’t know what your role is in an evolving and authentic West Valley City then please evaluate yourself, your property, and your neighborhood and I am confident that you will find new ways to offer your time and talents. Additionally, the City’s website and WVC-TV offers many ideas, programs, and civic committees that could benefit from your participation.


            There has never been a better time to become more involved in shaping the future of your City. Therefore, I challenge everyone to love their neighborhood, to reinvest in their homes, and to find new ways to be initiators and shapers of the community.  Biographer, poet, and local elementary school namesake Carl Sandberg noted that, “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.  A safe, comfortable, and authentic West Valley City depends on everyone taking a closer look and converting old impressions into satisfying and sustaining realities for years and generations to come.

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