--Tonight begins a new era for the city of Woonsocket. The mayor and some members of the city council will be replaced in peace and order by those elected on November 5th by city voters who clearly wanted a change of leadership. This very thing happens thousands of times over in our wonderful country. And it happens in peace and order each time. Those who did not vote for the change tend to think the world is coming to an end. Those who wanted the changes can’t wait to see them happen. The world will not come to an end, unless it was going to anyway. And the new folks coming into power will make an honest effort to push their plans forward and will likely find they cannot get things done fast enough for their liking. This is all quite normal.
But regardless of a citizen’s point of view, there is work to be done. Hard work. And it won’t get done unless all join together to work toward the same goal. All agree that the survival of the city through the period of the Gubernatorial Budget Commission and the return of local rule to our city is first. Prosperity for Woonsocket is next. It is a big job which requires the best from us all, leaders and citizens alike.
As I say, this scenario of governmental change is repeated time and again in our republic and it is due to the strength of our nation’s constitution and the leaders we elect that it all happens in peace and order. Think about that for a moment. Nobody dies. Nobody gets put in prison forever because they supported the losing candidate. And this country, our country, the United States of America established the system of government where this is the normal thing to happen. I think it is all too convenient to see the faults and issues of this noble ‘work in progress’ and gripe about its blemishes, much like you may see the little scrape in the woodwork or the place near the ceiling where the wall paper is peeling away from the wall in your own home. Nobody else does unless you point it out to them, they think you’ve got a really nice place.
Let us not look at the flaws, but the structural strengths of our government and support those who are elected to maintain it. During a political campaign many decisions are made and many words are said. Some are part of the ‘game’ of politics. But I believe that once the votes are counted and the decision is certified there is no politics, only work to do, and work to do for all of us, not just the leaders. Our leaders have been elected and as a good citizen I will always support the duly elected and appointed officials of my city. This is how I was taught by my elders. And I was also taught that this support must be without reservation and must be sincere in word and deed.
Keep this in mind. Only 4 people among us offered themselves to be elected mayor in this year. One was elected. That one person is the one who needs our help and support now. That one person is in the hot seat. Any citizen which withholds their support is not doing their best for our city and, in my opinion, needs to review their personal decisions and values.
Much is said about politics being the business of compromise. And many have agreed that when you are a mayor of member of the city council you cannot always do what you want to do, but you do what you must do, what the job calls upon you to do. Well, dear reader, it goes both ways. If we as citizens do not support our leaders we can expect them to fail. And if our leaders fail, our entire community, all of us, fail. Good men and women will not let this happen.
There is a proper time and place and method for disagreement. If you disagree with some decision, you may feel you need to say you disagree, and that is your right and responsibility. However, it is wrong to withhold your support of the leader who made the decision simply because you disagree with one of them. Our leaders make many decisions. You cannot disagree with all the decisions made. And even if you did, I say you must support that person who is doing what you were unable to do, which is to lead our city.
Tonight at the Stadium Theatre the change of power takes place. We can all take great pride in the fact that in our country it does so in peace and order. Let us all stand behind our leaders and give them the support they are due. It is a rare person who will consider leading a city. It is an even more rare person who will do it. Lisa Baldelli- Hunt and the newly seated Woonsocket City Council have earned our support. I support them in their work. And I feel sure they will do their level best every day. They have a huge task ahead of them to steer our city through its present financial troubles. There is work enough to do for us all. --That’s what I think. What do you think? Comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Dave Richards, WOON Radio, 985 Park Avenue, Woonsocket, RI 02895- 6332. Thanks for reading.