Look­ing to­ward Tal­bot’s fu­ture

Sunday Star - - OPINION -

Un­for­tu­nately in re­cent years we have been rep­re­sented po­lit­i­cally by peo­ple who seem more de­voted to in­ac­tion than ac­tion. Whether it is our county coun­cil or our Con­gres­sional rep­re­sen­ta­tive, we see lit­tle in the way of vi­sion or con­struc­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

In a re­cent elec­tion I took the op­por­tu­nity to speak with our younger vot­ers. One theme was clear. They do not see a fu­ture for them­selves here and are plan­ning on leav­ing.

At the same time it is clear older cit­i­zens are mov­ing in and our pop­u­la­tion is aging. We face a fu­ture which may be un­sus­tain­able un­less we plan to sup­port a very dif­fer­ent fu­ture.

One ma­jor is­sue is our ded­i­ca­tion to our chil­dren. We need to at­tend bet­ter to how we sup­port an ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem that will serve them and our needs. And some of that re­quires im­proved fund­ing for our schools. How can we not ded­i­cate our­selves to the fu­ture of our chil­dren?

Then we come to mat­ters of the environment and our busi­ness fu­ture. Part of the en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sue is our sup­port of the ste­ward­ship of our waters and those who work to make a liv­ing serv­ing our seafood in­dus­try.

As to busi­ness, our cur­rent jobs are fo­cused heav­ily on govern­ment (teach­ers), health care (Eas­ton Hospi­tal) and food and drink. We need to work to at­tract tech in­dus­tries among other in­dus­tries and broaden our eco­nomic base in gen­eral. We have the land and space is al­ready avail­able.

To sup­port our fam­i­lies in Tal­bot and our fu­ture we badly need vi­sion and de­vo­tion to that fu­ture on the part of our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives. As it stands now they have been fail­ing us. It’s time for us to elect new peo­ple who ded­i­cate them­selves to our fu­ture. Keasha Haythe is run­ning for the Tal­bot County Coun­cil and has a his­tory and a plat­form which would serve us.

This is a cru­cial elec­tion at all lev­els so please come out and vote and, for the county I am rec­om­mend­ing that you vote to bring us the vi­sion and ded­i­ca­tion of Keasha Haythe. ROGER BURT St. Michaels

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