Let’s stop the non­sense

Rappahannock News - - COMMENT - BILL FREITAG Flint Hill

The last is­sue of the Rap­pa­han­nock News car­ried an ad­ver­tise­ment ti­tled “Let’s stop the non­sense and start work­ing to­gether.” It seems aimed at what has been called a mi­nor­ity of mal­con­tents who launch at­tacks on county of­fi­cials, caus­ing a waste of time and tax dol­lars by dis­tract­ing the “gov­ern­ment” from do­ing its jobs be­cause it is forced to deal with de­lib­er­ately caused dis­trac­tions. Now that is a real whop­per.

I take ex­cep­tion to the ad, ex­cept I fully sup­port point num­ber two: It’s time we de­mand and demon­strate real lead­er­ship. Ask­ing our county gov­ern­ment to ad­here to the rule of law is not a dis­trac­tion. No more short­cuts, back-room deals and fa­vors, and ig­nor­ing the rules put in place to pro­tect the cit­i­zenry. I laud the 14 page present, Ms. Gar­ton, left us as a guide for ac­tion. But I also find that many of her points have pre­vi­ously been made but are now called the “de­lib­er­ately dis­tract­ing trivia.”

By ed­u­cat­ing them­selves on the laws, along with es­tab­lish­ing stan­dard man­age­ment tools like job de­scrip­tions and time and at­ten­dance records, we would get the gov­ern­ment we all seem to crave. De­mand real lead­er­ship from our county gov­ern­ment.

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