Editorial: Searching, finding solutions

Jun. 28, 2014 @ 10:56 PM

Are we really asking the best questions?

We found ourselves asking through a number of search projects related to The Dispatch turning 100 years old. It is not an uncommon consideration for decision-makers no matter the project or the arena it is in.

We also were wondering a few times watching our state legislature at work. Arguably, it is a key question that has a place in any project. Equally important is finding the right moment, or moments, for its insertion.

One example from our quest to create an anniversary publication was review of other milestone moments in that time. Centennials for the county and for the city included an outlook, or forecast, of what could come.

Economic development, for example, had many of the same questions we’ve heard repeated in recent years. Yet so much has changed from three and seven decades ago. Are the same questions and viewpoints still right?

An example in Raleigh this past week was the budget stance of our two houses of government, each powered by the same party. Along with them are the critics of their work, those who have brought protests in consecutive summers and offered an agenda with far different implications. Perhaps a review of questions each entity is asking needs improvement to find the best solution.

It is unsettled, as is a bill attached to one of our favorite representatives, Chris Malone from Wake County. Malone has championed open government, standing tall on notices going where the greatest majority of the public can see them.

Realizing more questions and answers were needed, he withdrew a bill proposing to allow law enforcement officers and prosecutors to request their names, addresses and phone numbers be removed from local websites displaying tax records. Essentially, there would be two databases — one in the courthouse, another online.

And in an economic development meeting in Henderson, four counties were represented and an audience queried for knowledge of recent events. Lack of hands raised for items of the last two years found in Your Favorite Good Morning Newspaper grabbed our attention — for multiple reasons. Yes, we’re reworking questions inwardly.

Solutions are always possible, so long as we don’t let our imagination close.