Niagara Gazette


April 26, 2014

GUEST VIEW: Stand tall and stick to what you believe in

Niagara Gazette — Life is a lesson that more people should recognize.

I am a product of 12 years of school at the “prestigious Lewiston-Porter.” I sometimes run into people who I graduated with and they could pass as at least 10 years my senior. Was their philosophy in life to graduate, get married, have some kids and just forget about themselves? 

The people who I consider to be my “close” friends have really taken care of themselves and I am quite certain that it just didn’t happen, it took some hard work and dedication.

I guess the point I’m trying to make is that it is never too late to say: You know what, I’m going to start living life for me!

As an example, a guy by the name of Kenny Hamilton (the Gazette columnist), not only walks the walk, but he also talks the talk! Five years after graduating from Lewiston-Porter in 1988, I saw this “help wanted” ad in the Gazette. Hamilton was among the people involved in the interview process.

I just learned not too long ago that Hamilton wanted to hire me because of my education as a bookkeeper because of my attitude and good marks on my education transcript at a business school. I had just spoken with Hamilton to ask if he would mind my using his name in an article I would be writing to the Gazette. Without blinking an eye he told me that he would be honored.

I think this goes “hand in hand” with what I’m trying to convey. After being threatened by another board member, Ken Hamilton stuck to his beliefs and as a result I was hired as a bookkeeper at a business that happened to have its office on Highland Avenue. The reason why I think this is relevant and goes hand-in-hand with what I am talking about is because from what I can see, people essentially “give up” after high school. It was not until about a week ago when I hooked up with Hamilton after all these years that I got the whole story about that guy who threatened him. He was very adamant about not hiring a guy from Lewiston.

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