No two people can stand in exactly the same spot at the same time and see the same thing. We all see something slightly different.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that one of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

Dickens’ words and thoughts are not far beyond what ours are today. The difference being the speed of travel. A split click or tap challenges us constantly to choose sides or make judgements on now “fake news” or real events at home or around the globe. People of like mind join together to make sense and to gather an understanding of what is happening. Beliefs are constantly being questioned … there are no safeguards.

PRATAC is one of those groups … like many others groups for the most part people of good intent. The group have done many, many things that have been positive for themselves and others … they are not perfect … they care and help people try to make sense of their situations. I support PRATAC but am not a member. I am the type of person who would rather ask for forgiveness rather than permission. To that end I see PRATAC as a contributing group to our very special little valley town that is caught between yesterday’s beliefs and today’s actions.

Dee Hemsley