The editor:

Change is always warranted. It is the catalyst that propels a community, or person. Change comes with joy and fear, tears and smiles. Moving beyond the mundane, change only encourages growth. However with change one must evaluate the basic needs and ensure they are met before moving forward.

As I listen to the local news, I am astonished at the change proposed. From sports complexes to potential jobs, change is in the air. But editor I ask, is this change prudent and purposeful or simply a drop in the bucket hoping things will get better. We are tasked as human beings to be resourceful. Are we being resourceful? Are we using our funds in the best way possible? 

I personally struggle with the building of a sports complex when our city streets, pipes, sewage system and the like are falling apart. When homes are flooding not because of their piping but because of the cities lack of funds to repair its part, we have a problem. When  our streets are littered with used pregnancy tests, syringes, feminine hygiene products and the like, we have a problem. 

I struggle with a medical burning facility that will produce harsh chemicals which will inevitably flow into streams and the air we breathe. Although minuet, it will happen and the cost to Carter County will be detrimental. I'm sure those in power have already looked into the effects of chemical poisoning, but are they putting that above the almightydollar? If we want to enact change inCarter County we must begin with the obvious, our infrastructure. We must fix what is already broken, instead of adding something that will soon need repair. If we focus on what we have, and make it better, we could offer more jobs to locals and help our community thrive -eventually adding sports complexes and the like!

Change is a wonderful thing, but change that excludes the basic necessities will only lead to disaster. This county has always done as it please with the same leadership, it is time for said leadership to change their processes. They must change what is here, before making bigger changes that will hurt Carter County in the long run. The potential here is great- but the lack of leadership is greater.

D. Stephens

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