Editorial: Gain control by supplying the end game
Henderson’s City Council for the coming two years was set on Tuesday, with three incumbents and a challenger prevailing in an election.
They’ve pledged unity, as all good politicians do, but we’re hoping for just a little more. And we’re not limiting our hope only to the City Council.
Our hope is for the “end game.” And by that, we mean a better finishing product than we’ve seen in the last 58 months.
That’s the length of time Vance County has been in double-figures unemployment. A recession supposedly over is still giving members of our community fits.
We need the end game for all the wonderful ideas that have come and gone in that nearly five years. We need an end game for the campaign topics, joint efforts of government entities like commissioners and council as well as non-profits and private businesses.
We have a wealth of bright ideas from educated and smart people. We’re still bleeding. We need to control the dagger of success and failure.
Putting four counties in tax base unity was ahead of the curve. The follow-through has lacked correct choices and tenants.
Developing an old warehouse had potential. But we whiffed nearly three-quarters of a million dollars in grant funding.
A performing arts center is coming to downtown. Candidates in the recent election assured that we have a major asset — water, and lots of it.
If approved by the state, more charter schools — by sheer competition for students with private and other public schools — are going to improve local education.
Good things, we must see, are on the horizon. But there’s certainly no guarantee. Hard work and critical thinking are crucial in changing the trend for the next 58 months.
Think of where we’ll be in that time. Our tax base for 10 years from now will have been reshaped through revaluation. Elections could change the power plays of Raleigh and Washington. We’ll either be nearing a quarter century of decline in this community or reaping the fruits of today’s effort.
Ideas are a start, but closers are needed. We need a finisher. We need the end game.