We can find common ground on bus system

The Editor:

After personally witnessing a very spirited and divided town hall meeting hosted by Board of Commissioners Chairman Dr. Romona Jackson Jones and attended by a standing room only crowd of residents Monday I am convinced more so now than ever that we are treading in very dangerous water as a county government in touch with its citizens over the issue of a proposed bus system.

With that being said, I’ve always believed that if you are not able to offer solutions then you are still part of the problem. Hopefully I can be the voice of reason and a bridge over troubled waters. There are valid points to be made on both sides of the debate, but there should never be a my way or the highway attitude by either side.

From where I sit the solution is somewhere in the middle of oversized egos. First you have to identify the commonality of your differences, then be willing to break common bread on what’s in the best interest of all Douglas Countians. Then you must value people over politics or you will be right back to square one. have been an independent voice of reason my whole life dating all the way back to the days of segregation and degradation, separate and unequal facilities, police dogs and water hoses, and yes, every inhumane treatment known to man. So let’s not make this a racial issue but an economic one based on the facts and our ability to implement this system and pay for it.

If the original proposal that was approved and voted on in 2015 had fewer vans, and now that proposal has morphed into more vans then why we can’t find a compromise somewhere in the middle, respect each other and do the right thing for the stakeholders. I’m also a fiscal conservative when it comes to spending other folks’ money and raising their taxes. But, on the other hand, I care deeply about the least among us and their needs as well. Are we not our brothers keeper? In closing I encourage all of you to calm down, take a deep breath and say to yourself, ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ At the end of the day it’s not about you, but what you can do for somebody else.

Larry Watson


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