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  • Lake view: Go out of your way to make others feel welcome

  • I usually stay home if I have no other places to go or events to attend from Thursday through Monday during the peak tourist season here at the lake and it is usually just for the reason of not wanting to compete with the other vehicles trying to get their passengers to a destination safely.
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  • I usually stay home if I have no other places to go or events to attend from Thursday through Monday during the peak tourist season here at the lake and it is usually just for the reason of not wanting to compete with the other vehicles trying to get their passengers to a destination safely.
    With the tourist out on our roads and highways in full force now and no matter how much their driving aggravates me, I’ve come to realize that if it weren’t for the visiting tourists in their vehicles — even if it’s cutting me off in a turning lane or going the wrong way at the KK roundabout and almost hitting me head on — we’d not have the revenue we need to help many in our community.
    The recent high school graduate might not be able to earn money they need for their first year of college whether it’s working at a restaurant on the lake or land, working at a tourist attraction like a miniature golf course, lifeguarding at Big Surf while they get their tan on, or even working at one of the many outlet mall stores that draws a lot of shoppers to our area.
    The local cashier relies on these tourists to shop the grocery store, the department store or even the many convenience shops they work at and whom are most likely a full time resident of the lake to support his or her family either solely on this income or is combined with their spouses.
    While many tourists aren’t required to give any additional money to local groups or organizations, I’ve noticed that when it is a good cause you can see them donating their extra change to the collection boxes at a register or even purchasing back to school items for kids in our area in which they will never see whom it goes to nor ever hear about the good deed they have done and what has been accomplished by their kind heart.
    The revenue generated from sales tax for all cities of the lake help in providing the equipment and supplies necessary in order for us to have our roads cleared during the winter months when the tourist have already gone back home to Iowa, Kansas or even Illinois.
    I ask that the next time you’re out and about this summer, early fall, or even next year and you see a tourist, remember that they are here in our home visiting and we should treat them just as that, “a guest in our home”, smile at them, be kind, make them feel welcome, and maybe go above or beyond your normal by giving directions, assisting them in tying up their boat if the dock attendant is busy with someone else, or you could even let them go ahead of you while waiting to be seated at a restaurant.
    Page 2 of 2 - Not only will it show we welcome tourists but it will also make you proud of where you reside and what good can be done in a community if we work together and care for one another.

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