“Would you consider running for public office?” Every few years, We break out this old chestnut, taking the above question to the streets for our “Person on the Street” poll. Results, as you can see to the right, vary. A little more than half the time, folks say no. But sometimes, we meet people who might step up. This year, we tried a new tack, specifying an office, and got a couple of folks to ponder civic involvement. It’s a way to plant the seed of an idea.
It’s pretty darn solid: 17-year-old Nick Mitchell will join his older brother Josh on the gridiron at Corvallis, Ore. Mitchell, Mount Si’s all-Kingco-ranked quarterback last fall, made a verbal commitment to play football with Oregon State University after high school graduation in 2014. OSU was the right fit, says Nick.
Over the last few years, Heidi Dukich has given out countless pieces of paper and pens, advising her clients at the Mount Si Food Bank to write down their goals and resources, and visualize a pathway out of poverty, toward success. She points them in the direction of the library, where anyone can book two hours of Internet time and find more resources, or classes. Helping people is about a lot more than food. But the act of giving food can be the pathway to changing lives permanently and for the better.