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Opinion

February 15, 2014

Viewpoint: Jobs, education and renewable energy are key to Anderson's improvement

In a recent editorial, the editorial board was critical of Mayor Kevin Smith’s State of the City speech because, as the editorial suggested, it lacked vision. I would have to concur in this assessment. I really don’t like to engage in negativity, but sometimes constructive criticism can be a very effective tool in bringing forth the best in ourselves and others.

It seems that politicians serving in Anderson always want to talk about what they have done to balance the budget, maintain public safety, and how many miles of streets they have paved. These accomplishments are commendable but every politician in Anderson past and present has done those things and will continue to do those things.

What is lacking on the part of our local politicians is their ability to put themselves out there, to show us and to tell us with conviction their ideas that will in both the short term and long term improve this community. It should be easy for anyone that holds public office in this community to look around and see where we need to improve the most, and the fastest, and to formulate and share their plan of action with the citizenry.

I’m no politician. I’m just an interested citizen like many of you that wants to see Anderson start to improve in all areas, but I believe we need to begin by concentrating on three key concerns. The three areas I want to talk about are jobs and wages, education, and renewable energy. These issues are key to Anderson’s future and we need to start having conversations that lead to action on these issues. I want a future in this community that includes us attracting an impact employer. An impact employer that creates several thousand good-paying jobs in Anderson that pay wages that can support families.

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