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August 14, 2013

The A-B-Cs of our local and national future

(Continued)

I have said for years that we should teach civic responsibility to high school students. How can we expect the children of our future to be engaged unless they know what is expected of them? We have a lot of work to do. If you do nothing, then you have no right to complain. But alas, most still do. It’s easier to complain, rather than actually do something.

Why can’t we as local citizens, civic and elected leaders be Benevolent and do the right things that will be Beneficial for all of our community? It seems easy enough to do … right? But sometimes the pressures from our family, friends and political parties make it difficult to do the right thing. Remember this: If we do the right thing, it will always work out!

No matter which political side you place yourself on, one major issue we have to embrace is Collaboration. I have watched this past year as many different political parties, organizations and individuals assign blame, and do nothing. It’s time to sit down and find a way to work together. Nothing gets accomplished until this is done. Yes, there will have to be Compromise

How did these two words — collaboration and compromise — get a negative connotation? These words are positive and yield positive results. Yes, it will be difficult. But nothing worthwhile ever comes easily. There is always a common ground between divided parties, people and organizations. The key has always been finding it and building from that point going forward. It’s easy to be divided; it takes hard work to come together.

Consolidation is one tough issue that will continue to surface in our future as our local economies struggle and hard choices have to be made. Private industry has over the last several years consolidated services when it made sense and kept costs down to our customers. Now, government will have to follow the lead of the private sector and do the same.

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