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Wednesday morning as I made my travels around town as usual, I was headed home when all at once I saw what would turn out to be a very humbling experience.
It should not have surprised me knowing Bill Goodlett as I do. I remember one time when he walked and hitchhiked all the way from Washington State to Taylorsville to visit his dying sister. By the way he made it.
Bill was raised here in Spencer County, and due to an unfortunate car accident when he was young, he simply could not get around very well any longer. Bill is older now and he moved back home some years ago and now lives in Chapel House.
It is not unusual to see him riding his motorized scooter around town and many of us worry about the possibility of him and others getting hit or hurt along the side of our highways.
Wednesday morning, Bill was not going to Dairy Queen or McDonald’s. Bill would ride a while then stop and pick up trash and put it is his bag in the basket of his scooter. He would then go a little further and get off with his cane and do the same again.
I just had to stop and tell him thank you! I asked if I could take his picture and he humbly said, “Well, yes, but I didn’t do anything.” He said, “I ride these roads a lot and I just can’t stand to see all of the trash lying along side of them.”
I told Bill that he was setting a magnificent example for me and others and I would like to share it with them. About an hour later, I went through town again on Main street and there was Bill – his basket empty. He was headed back out of town towards home.
Bill, thank you so much for caring for our community and taking the time to help it shine just a little bit more.
To all elected officials including legislators (I am guilty too), it is high time that we got off our duffs and worked on safe passage for our friends and seniors throughout our community. We have been talking about this for years and it is time to do something.
Friends and neighbors of Bill and the gang, next time you see them along side the roadway, make sure and wave at them and let them all know that we care and appreciate what they have done and continue to do for our community.
Oh, and call your legislator and elected official and tell them, including me, to get off their duff and get safer passage for our seniors!