Tyler Harkner: Embrace the problem

To the editor:

I have worked in the automotive industry all of my adult life. I have seen many ups and downs, and one fact has remained steady. I work at, in my opinion, the best dealership in the country, and we have been and will be here for our customers, now and always.

We all have seen the "demise" of the American automobile industry during the past 12 months (a complete news/media driven panic brought upon by the likes of Fox, CNN and any other national news companies).

In fact, according to these "news" companies, the demise of the world is just a day away and for some reason, we listen to and take these statements as the gospel. We are Americans. We welcome challenges. We all are aware of the facts: 1. We have a current economic dilemma. 2. This is not the first, and by all means will not be the last, dilemma that we will face. 3. We, the American people, are the only people who can influence our economy and make things better.

I am not saying that we should hide from the problem and pretend that it doesn't exist. I am saying that we need to embrace the problem and find a way to correct it. This is a time when we all need to come together, live and love one another and show the world how resilient we are. I can guarantee you that, although times are challenging, I will continue to perform my job at Victory Motors in Craig to the best of my ability and provide my customers in Craig and beyond with the greatest service I can provide.

The current economic climate has a tendency to distort our sense of life, our emotional state and our attitudes. Needless to say, you can see, hear and feel the detrimental attitudes floating about everywhere. People generally are agitated and irritated, but I can tell you this:

"Attitude is more important than facts, circumstances, failures, successes, than what people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, education or skill. It will make or break a company : a church : a home. The remarkable thing is that we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the past. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing that we can do is play on the one string we have and that is our attitude. Life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we react to it. We are in charge of our attitude."

- Charles Swindell

I am extremely proud to call Craig my home. I am blessed to have you all as my neighbors and friends, and if we stick together and create a great environment (based upon our vibrant attitudes) we can accomplish anything. Thank you for your time, your business and your friendship.

Tyler Harkner

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