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Letter: A call for civility, moving forward

Posted: January 15, 2018 4:14 p.m.
Updated: January 16, 2018 1:00 a.m.

No one knows what the future holds. But we all know who holds the future. We trust in that higher power. And we have our wits about us to do what needs doing. People have every right to state with absolute certainty their opinions but there are none who are exactly right -- we should be more humble. We have an uncertain future and we don’t even know yet if we have been right in hindsight. 

So what to do?

The easiest thing is to do “nothing.” The second easiest thing is to do “anything” and to yield to the temptation to bolt or run ahead without thought. Both options are rooted in human nature. The wise path lies somewhere in the middle.

Doing “nothing” is like anything else. You can do “nothing” well or you can do “nothing” badly. Some people excel at “nothing.” And they criticize those who grasp the opportunity.

Others have a more difficult time with doing “nothing.” They grow restless, resent the loss of initiative, and, more deeply, they feel that “something” is inherently, even morally, superior to “nothing.”

What do the citizens say? Well, they don’t like taxes but they have indeed widely supported the vision in KC 2030. They have spoken also in the school referendum, too. Clearly, they want changed behaviors and progress from this council and at least cost. This is a democracy and our people are sovereign. Yet, in opposition, the backwards tendency is strong in a small few and they curse the light and live in the darkness.

We have spent these last 3 years operating out of a profound and deep respect for the past. Every new things comes at a cost. There are men here who have struggled with this challenge -- to do nothing or out of sense of commitment to dare to do something.

Not to do just anything but to make carefully considered advancements to achieve for the greater good. It is inherently American to preserve and conserve but also to attempt the mountain top.

Today, we have no choice. Forward is the only option. This past year had two examples, among others.

First, where the press of Obamacare nearly shut down our hospital and when we had to step forward to save our own health care and EMS and second, where the press of growth and the duplicity of ruinous regulation and taxes both in state and federal laws forced us to get out in front with two committees, one on fire service and another on growth and SROs. 

All hotly argued, but dialogue and compromise works. Still, some criticize – somehow saying they always have a monopoly on the right, when in good faith there are many right choices. Well, that is unfortunate and prevails so that the success of others is not shared in but stolen. Consider those successes. New jobs. Better services. Expanded industry. New recreation. Protection of our river and watershed. New and better schools. Pay raises. Better roads.

New work awaits in the new year. A comprehensive plan. Committee reports from the studies. A new budget cycle. More economic development. More road improvements.

Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work! I ask you all to consider what it means to let the opportunities before us to lapse. To do this important work together when this great county has the means to shape our future in the new year. 

I believe in us, and I believe in Kershaw County.


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