The people of the Imperial Valley deserve plaudits for the way they have responded to the crisis in America.
More and more as we drive around the Valley, we see the Stars and Stripes flying over people's homes, businesses, on their vehicles and on their chests. Valleyites are showing their faith in the country and their support for a government stung by the terrorist acts on the East Coast last week.
Imperial Valley residents also have shown their support through local fund-raising efforts. Businesses, government agencies, fire departments, police departments, service clubs and many more have launched efforts to raise money for those in need.
Individuals also have shown their desire to help by giving blood to aid victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. It is going to take a great deal of blood to heal the wounded and Imperial Valley residents have proven they understand that.