Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Time for Anderson County Council to move on
Anderson County is suffering from serious job losses in this current economy. Plants are closing; others have workers on part time schedules. Yet, our county government seems obsessed with the past. Instead of working to make sure outside business investors know how great a place Anderson can be for their investment dollars and job creation, our County Council is embroiled in a legal saga with the past County Council and Administrators.
The saga has gone on for years, and, frankly, both sides are to blame. Hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars have been spent on lawsuits and investigations that result chiefly in Anderson County being a place where businesses from the outside fear to invest.
Let’s be frank. Getting even with Joey Preston and the past council will not put food on the table for laid off workers in Anderson County. Vindicating Joey Preston and the past council will not pay the electric bill for a family whose main bread winner is laid off. Those who continue the saga have no idea of the impact that they have upon real people’s lives. Lost jobs and business investment over Anderson County being seen as in turmoil means real lives are impacted. Real people struggle. Real opportunities are missed for so many. I wonder at times if the hardcore partisans on either side of the great saga of Anderson County have any idea how they impact people’s lives. I wonder if they have any compassion for their fellow man whatsoever.
It is far past time for the great saga to be concluded. If there has been criminal wrongdoing, let SLED and the Attorney General deal with it. But, please Anderson County Council; think for a moment about all those people losing jobs in the county and stop the taxpayer funded investigation and work to create an atmosphere in which business does not run away.
Think on it. How does one look in the eye a man laid off from Mt. Vernon in Williamston or Timken in Honea Path and tell him that spending taxpayer money to get Joey Preston and the previous council is worth more than trying to find that man a job in Anderson County? What do you say? “Sorry about you not having a job, but I will get Joey Preston?” Chances are the laid off guy does not give a damn about Joey Preston. He just knows he cannot find a job around home in Anderson County.
Joey Preston and the past council are gone. The current Anderson County Council members have the responsibility now. They can use their power to put an end to the saga and create a united front for investment, or they can ignore the plight of real Anderson County people and keep on their quest to make sure they get even with their past foes and the county is a place in which no one wants to invest.