Without Vision the People Perish
When I think of the word "vision" as it relates to political leaders, I think of someone that keeps things together. Someone that keeps things moving in the same direction. Like gravity pulls the water in a stream down the mountain. Or like an area of low pressure pulls the wind relentlessly in a particular direction. We need to have someone that binds us together. Someone that keeps us moving in the right direction. If there is not, we will all eventually wander off and go our own way. In the words of Solomon in Proverbs 29 v 18 "the people perish".
Hey, I'm not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here. I'm trying to light a fire. I'm speaking out because I have hope. I believe in Cabell County and Huntington. If I've learned one thing in my sixty-five years, it's this: You don't get anywhere by standing on the sidelines waiting for somebody else to take action. We all have a role to play.
That's the challenge I am attempting to articulate. It's a call to action for people who, like me, believe in Huntington and Cabell County. It's not too late, but it's getting pretty close. So let's shake off the hubris and go to work. Let's tell 'em all we've had enough. Let's elect citizens who have the vision of a newly revitalized Cabell County and an area that is seen as a great place to live, work, play, study and raise a family!
I believe in the potential of Huntington and Cabell County. Here is my challenge to you. First, register to vote. Second, start learning all that you can about each candidate for the various offices in the city and county. Third, become familiar with the area's long-term issues. I say long-term, because the city and county’s deteriorating infrastructure will be extremely costly to up-grade, and it may take decades to modernize it.
How can you be a part of this movement in the short-term, get involved in your neighborhood - when was the last time you volunteered your time, without expecting anything in return? Invest in your neighborhood in some small way: pick up litter, coach a team, run for office, be involved in your child's school, join a civic club, adopt a spot and keep it clean, etc., etc. and etc.
Finally, every citizen of our county needs to recapture the “sense of community” that once existed in our area, and having that community spirit dictates that we continuously keep in mind what is best for future generations of citizens who will inherit what we leave behind – be it good or bad. We do have a responsibility to work for the good of all - in the present - and for our children and their children and beyond.
I offer this as my “good medicine” for the first small step toward a progressive and “livable” Huntington and Cabell County for the Twenty-first Century.
Power to the People! Will you join us? Register to vote, stay informed and VOTE!