Editorial: Taking charge to make change

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Craig Editorial Board, Jan. to March 2012

  • Al Cashion, community representative
  • Jeff Pleasant, community representative
  • Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
  • Bridget Manley, newspaper representative
  • Chris Nichols, community representative
  • Josh Roberts, newspaper representative

Our View

The Moffat County Booster Club and Maximum Commitment to Excellence, two new organizations trying to tackle local education issues, are a blueprint for how to make positive change in Moffat County. Instead of waiting for a cumbersome bureaucracy to fix the problem, these groups are jumping in to make a difference.

It’s no secret government agencies, bound by miles of red tape, are often slow to address a problem.

The editorial board would go so far as to say government in general is ineffective when it comes to tackling issues that have the biggest impact on people’s lives.

That being said, the newly formed Moffat County Booster Club and Maximum Commitment to Excellence deserve recognition.

Instead of waiting for the Moffat County School Board to take action on student achievement, financing for school activities and other issues, members of these groups rolled up their sleeves and got involved.

They’ve set the tone for education in Moffat County, and other residents should take a cue to do the same.

When they allow governing bodies to take on that role, they get lackluster results, as has been the case many times over.

To be clear, these groups aren’t leaving school administrators out of the equation altogether. Group members involved them in discussions on how to bolster education, athletics and school activities.

But they’re not leaving these issues at the school district’s doorstep, either. By the time a governing board of any kind gets around to an issue, it’s often too late.

The editorial board wishes more people would show the attitude Maximum Commitment to Excellence and the booster club have shown. It seems like too often, residents are content to grouse about problems rather than help fix them.

Even in dire circumstances, action always outweighs talk and indifference.

A prime example is Scott Harm, who owned a heavy equipment repair company in the New York City area at the time of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

He could have easily shrugged his shoulders and said he couldn’t do anything to help.

Instead, he drove a team of his workers to Ground Zero, and he worked beside them as they began cutting through the collapsed buildings’ twisted metal skeletons.

For too long, Craig and Moffat County residents have waited for local government to fix problems in the community. If they continue to do so, they’re in for a long wait and, ultimately, disappointment.

The time for waiting is long past. What Craig and Moffat County need now is action.

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