Let's face it. Our town isn't what it used to be. There are services that aren't performed here anymore, goods you can't buy here now and things we can't do here that we were able to do in the past. I remember when McKenzie was a bustling little place and I've heard of Saturday afternoons when you couldn't find a parking place downtown.
Sad? Maybe just a little. Reason to lament the passing of the "good old days" in McKenzie? NOT ON YOUR LIFE! The resource that made McKenzie a wonderful place then is still in abundant supply and I see no reason to believe that supply will ever be exhausted. This resource is not even hard to find. There is o need for expensive equipment to locate it or to sink mine shafts into the ground or drill hoping to find a gusher. It i in plain sight everywhere you look.
McKenzie High School is bursting at the seams with this priceless commodity. Cars, trucks, minivans and school buses make deliveries each school morning like armored trucks bringing gold to Fort Knox. However, unlike Fort Knox, the commodity is returned home for safekeeping each afternoon after its value has been enriched with knowledge, character and values. At home, love for family, friends and God is added.
Of course the resource that keeps McKenzie great and makes the possibilities for the future limitless is our people. The people who will give until it hurts for a good cause. The people who rally when a neighbor or even a stranger is in need. The people who are not afraid of hard work to make their dreams come true. The people whose pride in their town and their school is second to none.
The existence of our school was recently seriously threatened because of financial issues. McKenzie people should be proud of themselves for making our leaders aware of what our school means to us. We should also be extremely thankful to friends and elected officials who realized the value of McKenzie, its people and its school and came to our aid.
Our county and town leaders need our help and input. I believe they will welcome it when it is presented at the proper time and place and in the proper manner. I urge you to become involved in or at least informed about what goes on politically in our town, county and state. Never be shy about expressing an opinion to or asking a question of a public servant. Just be sure to do it the McKenzie way, with class and respect.
When I was an incredibly bad football player whose dream in life was to survive wind sprints at the end of practice each day, I was told that "Tough times don't last, tough people do." McKenzie people are as tough as they come.
MHS Class of 1976
President McKenzie Quarterback Club