Recently, after a particularly stressful day, I decided to take in the Whimsy concert in downtown Danville. The sounds and sights of that June evening quickly reinforced all the reasons why my wife and I brought our young children here to live in 1978. There were young kids splashing in the fountain and irreverently dancing to the gospel tunes, senior citizens clapping and tapping in their wheelchairs, a wonderfully diverse conglomeration of Danville citizens enjoying small-town life at its very best. As I randomly ran into many of my long-time friends and newer acquaintances, I couldn't help thinking how critical such activities as Whimsy and the Farmers' Market are in the life of this town.
Government is undoubtedly about balancing the budget and keeping our ledger in the black. But local government, especially in a unique community such as Danville, is also about preserving our lifestyle through a strong sense of culture and community in a thriving "Heart of Danville." Thank God that there are enough generous, caring citizens in Danville to preserve our downtown traditions and that realize the importance of our "heart." Maybe if the mayor and certain of the commissioners were in attendance at more of these events, they would develop an appreciation commensurate with the beauty and goodwill that filled the night air on that June evening.