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Treating people in a positive manner that acknowledges them for who they are and/or what they are doing. Being treated or treating an individual in a dignified manner. Respect is earned and is never just given. BUT, you must give respect to receive respect. Meaning when you interact with an individual you treat them with dignity and in a respectful manner as this shows your character as a person. This is the definition of respect according to the Urban Dictionary.

OK, I hope you can see what I’m trying to convey here. We are members of this community, and yes even though I don’t have my home here I feel as much a part of this community as anyone. I’ve developed a deep respect for Escondidians. And, it only gets stronger each day. 

Immersing myself into the lifeblood of this community through the Chamber has enlightened me. I see what the good people of Escondido are doing each day beyond their families, their jobs; they’re giving back to their Escondido. Respecting each other and contributing in whatever way they can to make our City the best community possible. I get a sense of this community wanting to do better, wanting more for their families, their neighbors and their City. Oh, we’ve got plenty of 21st century problems but we’re not shying away from them, we’re acknowledging them and we are committed to improving. Let’s build our community up and not tear it down. Let’s continue to show respect to each other, respect our differences and celebrate that which unites us; our Community.

Your Chamber helped celebrate several key ribbon cuttings this past week. Thank you to Juan at Kalavera Cocina Cantina (the former Anejo Bar & Grill), and thank you to Ralph and the good people at the Quality Inn (formerly Mt. Vernon Inn) for allowing the Chamber to be a part of your Re-Grand Openings. Support and respect your Chamber members as we welcome these new additions and renovations to our Community.

And as Aretha Franklin famously made clear “respect” yourself.

*Note: Opinions expressed by columnists and letter writers are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the newspaper.

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