Published On: Mon, Feb 13th, 2012

The writing on the wall

Unfortunately, we have no King Solomon to lean on here that we may rely on his infinite wisdom.  All we have to guide us is what we read in the newspaper when it comes to all matters locally.

Even though there is talk all over town, there is nothing concrete, except in the opinions people offer.  Many of them, however, are more reliable than the information being disseminated by those who are looked upon to know.

For example, it has been written, as of late, that the Earl Scruggs Center will possibly open early next year.  Of course, it had been said that the Earl Scruggs Center would open early this year, but that was a no-go.  It wasn’t just lack of money, they said.  It was a number of things and still is.

The main question that seems to arise about all this concerns the many artifacts of the old museum.  In the last report we had, Cleveland County had a welcoming committee that consisted of the Assistant County Manager and two County Commissioners, who greeted the people who stopped by the warehouse to snap a few pictures.  Things didn’t turn out quite as either party had anticipated.  Now there is a new County Manager since former manager David Dear decided to kick back, retire, and then go to work for the Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership as the Special Projects Manager.  This is also being paid by Cleveland County, according to Commissioner Chairman Johnnie Hutchins  So, who will greet the people now, when wanting to view or photograph the artifacts?

The deeper question is this.  Who actually owns these artifacts?  Is it Cleveland County?  The old historical museum?  Destination Cleveland County?  We know that Cleveland County is paying for the person to oversee the artifacts, but she reports to Destination Cleveland County.  So, who does Destination Cleveland County report to?  And how often?

Many people are aware that any good news and prosperity that the up and coming Earl Scruggs Center has to offer, has been and would be aired high and low, here and yon.  No question about that.  So, when the Shelby Star reported that DCC  would not allow them to go inside the Scruggs Center, many people were surprised about that.   What if one would like to make a sizeable contribution, but would only make a said contribution by being allowed to go inside, look around, and take some pictures?  What would happen then?  Yea, that’s what I think as well.

In a few months, the people of Cleveland County will have the opportunity to elect some new County Commissioners.  If the people are satisfied with how things are going and where things are headed, then, by all means, let the incumbents stay in office.  If you think otherwise, then have your way at the ballot box.  I would suggest that the people start recruiting some good, solid candidates to run for these offices.  Candidates that have the will and the fortitude to listen to the people and serve the people.  It cannot be expected that one can continue to keep throwing money at something when the results do not change.  It’s a fact that when one keeps doing the same old thing and expecting different results is just plain dumb.

It’s time for the people to stand up and be heard.  There are many, many people who are not happy about what is happening with the old courthouse and the old museum.  Much is being said.  Just because you don’t hear it on the local news channel and don’t read about it in the newspaper, does not mean that it isn’t happening.  Questions are being asked.  Answers are being sought.  Solutions are being discussed.  And many think it’s time for some collective heads to roll.  There is a silent majority that will have to be dealt with.  Do not take the numbers that showed up at the town hall meetings and the meeting on the court square as a weakness.  If you do, you will be in a very precarious position.  Do so at your own peril.

A quote from Wall Builders to close:

In the Old Testament book of Nehemiah, the nation of Israel rallied together in a grassroots movement to help rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and thus restore stability, safety, and a promising future to that great city. We have chosen this historical concept of “rebuilding the walls” to represent allegorically the call for citizen involvement in rebuilding our nation’s foundations. As Psalm 11:3 reminds us, “If the foundations be destroyed, what shall the righteous do?”

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