The museum fiasco continues to amaze all of us who support the museum. My husband talked to the museum grounds keeper regarding the tree issue. The fellow was amazed at how fast the Commissioners folded because they actually had sent someone months ago to count the trees and indicate which ones would have to be removed. Now they deny that trees had ever been considered for removal!
My husband was talking to a hard-working Master Gardener who has given us tremendous support on building the museum's compost bins for educational efforts. He is ex-military and a tremendous worker! Retired, like us, gardening is one of his favorite activities. When hubby told him about the museum fiasco his first response was..."They must be Democrats on the Board!" This is a Republican county, so I am a little amazed at his response...but this has really enlightened me. We always see stupidity from elected officials as a party line issue.
This is not a political post...just an example of how we have to be more pro-active in holding our elected officials feet to the fire. Most of us focus on the Presidential and state elections and then just vote party line on the local stuff. I am as guilty of this as others are. It is OK. Just make sure you check on the minutes of the meetings every once in a while, make sure you volunteer in your community, try to get those who do not agree with you politically to give their reasons and examples for their beliefs and issues. Try to accept that elected officials needs us to keep them on track.
I continue to emphasize that most of us really are on the same agenda. Conservatives fear this black president is going to give this country away to poor people. This IS a valid argument (Although I do not think this is a real agenda for this President) and liberals have to admit that more regulation is needed for our socialist programs. But conservatives have to trust scientists and educational experts on stuff without assuming they have a secret agenda and agree that regulation in other areas needs to be enforced...certainly banking with many banks being investigated.
But we also need to compromise. Then revisit that compromise in a few years and fine tune it more one way or the other. None of us agree with the skin-heads that desecrate the Sikhs ability to worship as their minds and hearts tell them. None of us agree with those lazy minority youth who continue to collect food stamps, drink on the steps, and avoid work at all costs. BUT THERE IS A MIDDLE GROUND! The world is FULL of hard-working and honest conservatives and liberals that help solve problems. Do not let political leaders who state that compromise is a dirty word convince you otherwise! This hard-lined Congress will destroy this country.
I will be shortly saying goodbye to a Republican lady whose work in this community has been substantial. She is an energizer bunny that few could keep up (grammar folks take a sigh) with. I know about two of her many community projects that will require two people in each case to fill her shoes. (I am one of these who had to get a buddy before I would take her place!)
I guess what I am trying to say is that we need both sides of the Yin/Yang coin. We keep each other from going off the edge. Yes, there are a few issues that require too much tears and anger to discuss, but let us put those aside for now. Let us just find a middle ground on everything else.