To the editor: The News-Item is to be commended for its continuing coverage of the activities and events of the Northumberland County Council for the Arts and Humanities (NCCAH). The newspaper's realization of the importance of art to the community, as well as its recognition of this valuable resource, show a serious commitment to make our community better and vital.

Too often, we wax poetic about things past. Today, we should look to the present and do something positive about the good things here and now. I implore the members of our community - young and old - to emulate its voice, The News-Item, and attend NCCAH events. Encourage and support this organization. By doing so, you are supporting the members of your community - that is, your neighbors and friends.

Shaun D. Harrington