Three P’s make this community special

Published 6:09 am Saturday, March 3, 2018


Interim publisher

Central Kentucky is rich in natural resources — fertile farmland, flowing rivers, scenic vistas, mature forests — but one valuable commodity often overlooked may be just as priceless: community pride.

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That is a vital component required if we want to make our communities the best versions of themselves. Civic pride and passion are two ingredients that cannot be replaced or replicated. They are either present, or they are not.

Those two “resources” work hand in hand with the third “P” in the equation: people.

Even here in the small towns of Kentucky, these three elements aren’t always present.

Apathy and indifference remain the biggest challenges many of our communities face. Far too many people want to sit on the sidelines and complain about the problems rather than getting involved to become part of the solution.

Thankfully, Danville, Boyle County and the surrounding area appears to be well ahead of the curve in this regard and have already overcome another huge obstacle — getting people to care.

Is this community perfect? Of course not. Find me one that is.

It has become abundantly clear, in my short time here, the citizens truly care about and love their community. That’s why you have strong community organizations, volunteer initiatives and grassroots movements that are able to make a significant impact in the lives of residents.

That is also why you hear strong opinions on important topics.

Certainly, pride can be a double-edged sword, as evidenced by several recent controversies including how to best approach economic development and who should lead the Danville Independent School District. These issues and others have become contentious in the community with individuals on both sides of the debate passionately and vocally outlining their viewpoints, as evidenced by a host of letters to the editor you will see today and in upcoming issues of the paper.

But, you know what? That is a positive mark rather than a negative one.

Does that give everyone a free pass to say and do whatever they want, all under the auspices of civic pride? Of course not.

At the end of the day, compromise and civility are important. Although there may be differences of opinion when it comes to how to achieve a particular objective, the ultimate goal remains the same.

That pride and passion will truly help move this community forward.

It hasn’t taken me long to figure out that the people — many of whom have already taken the time to offer me a warm welcome — are what makes Danville and Boyle County special.

Those are resources for which we should all be thankful.

Michael Caldwell is interim publisher of The Advocate-Messenger and Danville Living magazine. He can be reached at (859) 469-6400 or by email at