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I really appreciated Jodi McDade’s column last week. I don’t usually read long political items. But she brought up two of the most irritating sayings that people who want positive change hate to hear: “You must not be from around here.” And “That’s the way we’ve always done it.”
Today, I would like to throw out a few other sayings people may not want to hear. “Put on your big-girl panties.” And “Suck it up, buttercup.” And maybe, “If not you, who?” I am talking about stepping up.
Your county doesn’t have an animal shelter? Be like Dennis and Debbie Hill (my choice for local heroes of the year) and don’t stop trying until it happens.
You don’t like your incumbent commissioner? Be like John Forbus (last year’s hero?) and work to get elected. You don’t like trash on your street/parking lot/lawn? Pick it up.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t apply to pitiful roads, streets and public parking lots. We get long rants about timber companies. We get utility rate hikes. We hear whines about lack of funds. We get our phone calls ignored. Meeting protocols aren’t followed.
Public shaming doesn’t work. What will work? Maybe we need to take it higher. Talk to our legislators about reforming the distribution of timber severance and road use tax revenues. As Jodi would say, “speak up!” As Buzzy would say, “step up!”
I’ll be listening, and watching. Your faithful eye in the sky…
Editor’s note: Readers can submit “Letters to Buzzy” and “Ask Buzzy” via mail to The Coosa County News; P.O. Box 99; Rockford, AL 35136; or via email to email@example.com. Any correspondence received will be promptly passed along to Coosa County’s favorite buzzard.