Shutdowns and divisions hurt everyone
We’ve talked about it before, but a lack of unity in government still seems to be an issue on both the local and national level.
The ongoing saga over the Barnwell County Economic Development Commission/Corporation continues to cause division among many locally. While progress has been made, it’s an issue that continues to divide residents and the parties that are currently involved in a lawsuit.
That lawsuit appears to be heading to a judge in April after both sides – the county and municipalities – failed to reach a settlement on how to move forward. While efforts were made in November 2017 during a meeting between the parties, there appears to have been no progress or real communication to resolve the issue outside of court.
It’s hard to believe that we are still talking about this issue that began in 2013. It’s sad that the parties can’t settle this issue once and for all without the help of the judicial system. It’s also sad that this issue has divided so many and created a rift between the county and municipalities, who should be working together to move Barnwell County forward.
Now we must wait and see what the judge will decide. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? What will the ripple effect be?
On the national level, the recent government shutdown is a prime example of division and a lack of compromise.
While lawmakers have since reached a temporary solution to fund the government and end the shutdown for three weeks, we should not have been in that situation to begin with. A shutdown benefits no one.
It was a political grandstand that touched the lives of people across the nation negatively.
We are so tired of political stunts, finger-pointing and the scandals of the week. We know of kindergarteners that play better together than our government.
Get down to the art of negotiation, find middle ground and make progress.
Need an example?
We know there are plenty of people and groups that work together in Barnwell County, South Carolina and across this nation and world.
A great example is the Future City competition that took place over the weekend in Aiken where 45 teams of middle school students from across the state came together to present their projects on how to make the world a better place. Each team had to research, evaluate and use their creativity to develop their own future city model. The process took months to complete and required communication and teamwork to be successful. A team representing Dreams, Imagination & Gifts (DIG) Development Program in Williston was among the competitors and walked away with the Rookie of the Year award.
Let’s follow the example set by all of these young teams by working together to make our community better. If they can do it as teens, certainly our real public officials and leaders can do the same.
Recently, Blackville Mayor Michael Beasley stated he wants to bring all local organizations together to identify areas where they overlap and see how to bring the community forward. We believe this is a great idea that could only be a benefit to everyone involved as well as the community as a whole by improving efficiency and forming new relationships.
Working together truly benefits everyone involved.