Apathy is a killer

Jerri dePingre’
Jerri dePingre’

“Apathy makes the dead out of the living.”

I came across this quote last week and thought it would be a great way to start this month’s article. Apathy is a killer. It attacks companies, cities, whole countries. Apathy has long been the companion of too many in Minden. But don’t lose heart.

There is a groundswell of excitement in our little city. You can feel it when you walk downtown. You can sense it from things said on the street.

Just this week the fair experienced its largest opening night in years. The parade that preceded it was very well attended and lasted over 45 minutes. The Chamber held a ribbon cutting for Pink Pratique at 731 Main Street just prior to the parade.

Deborah Cooksey and her staff had all they could handle with folks shopping and browsing in her beautiful new store. We have three new Chamber members who will be opening new businesses and holding Grand Openings in the coming weeks; all three are downtown.

Election season also breeds a tremendous amount of apathy. It never ceases to amaze me how many people simply choose not to vote. When is this most sacred right of Americans going to become a priority? When will all citizens plan their time around going to the polls?

Early voting starts October 21 and runs through October 28. November 4 is election day in Louisiana. It matters not which side of the aisle you support. What matters is that you let your voice be heard!

Minden and south Webster as well as the state have some very important races that will shape the look and OUTLOOK of Minden for the next four years.

As a chamber, we are attempting to educate the public as to the beliefs and philosophies of 16 of our local candidates.

Next week we will video candidates for District Attorney, Ward 1 Marshall, School Board, Mayor, Chief of Police and City Council.

These videos will be posted on Instagram, Facebook and our website, www.mindenchamber.com for all to see.

We want our citizens to know where the candidates stand on important issues that will impact all of South Webster Parish. This is a new endeavor for our Government Affairs committee and we are excited to provide it.

The Minden-South Webster Chamber does not advocate for or against any candidate. We are advocates of Minden and South Webster. We are here to support our local businesses and to promote growth.

We urge you to pay attention to what is going on around you. Read the Minden Press-Herald.

Visit our website. Go to the city’s site and check out the community calendar.

Things are happening in Minden. We’d love for you to be a part of the excitement!

Jerri dePingre’ is president of the Minden-South Webster Chamber of Commerce.

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