A great exhibit of leading by example. – Pontiac, IL – Pontiac Daily Leader

By Cynthia Grau

As a reporter, I have to be very non-biased. I have to write from a standpoint that I have absolutely no opinion at all, which honestly, isn’t very hard. I typically write stories that include more direct quotes than anything else so that there’s less chance to report anything untrue and if it is untrue, it can’t be associated with a mistake I made because I have a person recorded on digital audio saying whatever quote I used.

Something I will say, with showing no bias to either pole, is that all the people coming together to keep the Dwight Correctional Center open is very inspiring.

I have been a part of the meeting with leaders when the announcement first happened. I was also allowed to listen in and ask questions during a conference call with area leaders and a COGFA member. Last night, I was able to attend the rally held at Dwight Township High School.

I stood on one end of the gym, taking in all the people that packed the place. There were people there of all ages, Livingston County Sheriff’s Police, Dwight firemen, Livingston County Board members, Dwight Village trustees, Dwight Prison guards – people from pretty much all walks of life. There were young children holding signs. While speakers were addressing the crowd, everyone was very attentive and would break out into applause and cheers if something the speaker said sparked that kind of reaction.

I can sit back and say, “So the prison may be closed. I’ll still have a job,” but I do care more than that. This affects so much more than a group of people being out of a job. As one of the speakers said last night, “Write your legislators; put a face and a personal story behind each person this will affect.”

Whether a person gets along with their coworkers or goes to work everyday with a smile plastered to their face, or even if they dread going but it’s a job they’ve had for so many years, everyone has the same bond in the situation. That thing in common is bringing them together, changing it from a couple hundred individuals to one body – a body that is working for the same purpose: To keep the prison open.

Something that crossed my mind last night after taking this all in, with the electricity from the excitement off the rally coursing through my brain, was what could we as a whole do with our world if we all just stuck together? What could we do if we put differences aside and bonded together to make things happen? One clear voice is a lot stronger than a couple thousand conversations running together. Think about it: It would be like sitting in a crowded restaurant and keeping track of every conversation in great detail. Wouldn’t it be easier if it was just one-on-one in that restaurant? I know it would be for me.

I know this isn’t a new concept and people have been preaching this for years, but just imagine what we as a county, state, nation and world could do if everyone stuck together for a general purpose? I know that is an absolute impossibility, but in this “all about me and me only” day in age, and since the world has been like this for awhile, I believe that we’re starting to see the side effects of that mindset.

With the different political affiliations, religions and denominations, and personal upbringings people had, this whole “binding the world together” would be impossible, but the scene in Dwight last night proved that, even though DCC and Dwight and Livingston County may just be a small blip on the worldwide map, anything is possible.

My wish for today is that everyone takes note of that great group of people. Use them as an example that if you believe in something, like they believe in keeping the prison open, anything is worth the fight.

I wish the best of luck to everyone with their fight. I hope it works out for the best.

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