“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette. You've heard it said, “He can talk the talk, but can he walk the walk?” Well, if you live around here, the answer seems to be a resounding “Yes!” Over the past month, tens of thousands of you hoofed it through the streets of Charlotte and Concord to raise money for others. The largest of these was the Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure the first weekend in October. Over 13,000 good-hearted, crazily-dressed people participated…raising over $1.4 million for breast cancer research, education, and support. A couple of weeks later, thousands more headed out to Independence Park for the 36th Annual CROP Hunger Walk. More than $300,000 was raised, with some of the proceeds going to Charlotte's Crisis Assistance Ministry, Loaves & Fishes, and the Second Harvest Food Bank. This giving season stepped off back in late September with the Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the zMax Dragway in Concord. Another $300,000 or so was pledged to search for a cure for Autism. This developmental disorder now affects 1 in every 68 children in our country. WBTV is proud sponsor of each of these fine charitable endeavors. And we'd like to thank you for pounding the pavement, raising over $2 million to make a difference in our community. Tell us what you think, SpeakOut@wbtv.com.