Praying for the UN High Commissioner on Refugees António Guterres, the Travolta family, and Taryn.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is in town this week. They revealed the family this morning after announcing there were several possibles in the greater area.
There's been mostly excitement in the media about the boost this will bring to the local economy as well as exposure in a national marketplace.
One local columnist gave a platform to one disgruntled neighbor (it wasn't known if she was in the neighborhood chosen, or just in a potential area - I still don't know if she's being directly affected) who was upset that the city is making concessions to the production. She says they are circumventing regulations and rules and permit issuances in order to get publicity.
I disagree. I don't think it's about getting free publicity or garnering good will. I think it's about doing something nice.
This family (http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/extreme_makeover&id=6591588) deserves something nice. And given the current economic outlook and how it's effected charities, this is the community's opportunity to bless someone.
If the city can make it easier for anyone, a tv show, a neighbor, a charity, to help someone in need, that's great.
Maybe there will be a ripple effect and others in need of quick plan approval, or permit issuance will be helped as well.
The publicity and money infused into the local economy is just a bonus.
I say "Welcome and get to work!"