Most of us who read Logan County Magistrate Dickie Carter's uniformed statements just brush them aside while we roll our eyes.
However, when he accused our mayor of having an alcoholic drink while in Washington D.C., I realized that some of our elected officials are not focusing on important issues.
With as many real problems as Logan County faces, why is Dickie Carter creating imaginary ones?
While we do have some very knowledgeable and concerned individuals representing us, we also have some who will continue to hold up progress for Logan County because they are afraid of not getting elected in the next election.
No one wants to pay higher taxes; however, I want my home to have clean water, quality schools, safe neighborhoods, trash pick-up, policemen, firemen, teachers, paved roads, industries where families can make a living, and an embraced culturally diverse community. I want Logan County to have a bright future.
As I think of the job elected officials have, I realize what an awesome responsibility they must uphold.
Whether or not you agree with Mayor Yassney's leadership, you must know each day is filled with decisions for the whole community, criticism no matter what choice is made, very few 'perks', and low pay. Why would anyone want this job?
I suppose she feels she can make our city a better place to call home. But when she is put on the spot for having a 'rumored' alcoholic drink out of town, I'm sure she questions why she has chosen to tackle this job.
I believe Ms. Yassney is of legal age to drink and as much nonsense as she tolerates, I think a glass of wine with dinner in Washington D.C. is okay.
If our city has a policy against the mayor having a drink with a meal, then my thoughts are correct: We truly need leaders with an eye and knowledge for the future rather than focusing on trivial and unimportant talk.
My solution for this? Let's encourage people to lead our community who are willing to stand up for our future.
Our officials must be concerned with solving major issues like economic growth, recycling, land use planning, and revenue shortfalls.
Very few qualified people are willing to take these important elected offices because the jobs are too consuming, troublesome, and at times, irritating.
However, citizens take their stand. Encourage and elect those whom you have worked with and seen in action.
An example is City Councilwoman Marie Sweatt. I have witnessed her work in parent meetings and have observed her doing what was right for all children in the correct way.
I believe she will prove to educate herself on all aspects and will do what is right for the city as a unit. I am proud that I voted for her.
In order for our county to thrive, we must be progressive, step up to the challenge and put more pressure on officials who just like to talk to hear themselves talk.