We need to reawaken our community-building spirit

Commentary | May 28, 2008 | By Marilyn Watkins | Everett Herald

Mrs. Porter came over in the middle of the night to stay with us kids when my mother went into labor with my baby brother. She invited us for dinner the day a tree fell over in our backyard, taking our electrical wires down with it. She fed our cats when we were away. The day I turned 18, she registered me to vote. This flood of memories was launched by a YouTube video from my sister of Barack Obama campaigning in front of an Indianapolis polling station. There right at the start is Mrs. Porter, shaking hands with Obama.

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