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SVM EDITORIAL: It's time to salute Sauk Valley's Hometown Headliners

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:47 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 11:00 p.m. CDT

Welcome to 2017.

No one knows their neighbors anymore.

No one has any time, let alone desire, to volunteer.

Public service, civic responsibility – well, that’s for chumps.

Kindness, compassion, even basic decency are all pretty much out the window, outdated concepts left over from a simpler time.

Well, maybe not so much. At least, not in the Sauk Valley.

On Monday, we will present the first of a series of sections we’re calling Hometown Headliners. They’re rife with a couple of dozen stories of everyday people living their lives and still managing to find time to be kind and helpful to those who need it. Managing to find time to improve their communities.

Essentially, managing to make our corner of the world a better place.

Recognition is not their goal. In fact, trying to get them to let us tell their stories was like pulling teeth.

Ultimately, they consented. Their hope, our hope, is that through their examples, others will see how even the simplest acts of kindness enrich not only the lives of the recipients, but also the lives of those who take the time to reach out, to connect, to help and to care.

They are shining examples of what it means to be good citizens and neighbors – and we need more of those in today’s me-first world.

The sections publish Monday and later in the month. We hope you find our Hometown Headliners, our everyday do-gooders, our neighbors and friends, as inspiring as we do.

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