Over the last year, I have returned “home” twice to attend family funerals. On both occasions, while driving in procession to the cemeteries, nearly all oncoming vehicles pulled over as a sign of respect for our dearly departed as well as the mourners. While it may be customary for the residents of Scioto County, this action is certainly not held in high regard in other locales within our state. Where I live now, this act of respect is far from the norm. Often you see oncoming vehicles blazing by, and on rare occasion, those following passing the procession, if the line is short enough and not escorted by law enforcement. I would like to acknowledge the residents of Scioto County for holding true to this simple act of respect. I think these other communities have missed the boat, sacrificing personal desire for the well-being of a neighbor. After all, success in life is not about amassing financial wealth, etc.; rather, it’s about the legacy you leave with your family, friends and neighbors and within your community. I am proud to have grown up in a community where those values are still relevant. On behalf of my family, thank you all for your kindness.