If failure was a bad thing, why have so many successful people identified it as the key to success? They answer is simple. They understand the value of failing forward into progress. Rick Crogran understands that. We cannot afford to be paralyzed by our past failures. Everytime time something fails in this city, the council collapses into immature act of blaming one another or the Mayor. How can a Mayor lead a city with a council thats gnawing at his feet every step of the way. Leadership is servanthood. A Willingness to serve even when its not convenient. We saw that in Mayor Dyster this past Friday when we was directing traffic in the typhoon outside. Where I don't see it is on the City Council. Hasn't anyone ever heard of table manners? Insulting one another in front of the public? Is that appropriate in the Military? I think not. Is that appropriate in the classroom? I think not. Matter of fact its not appropriate anywhere.
For the first time in my life, I am starting to reconsider my commitment to stay here. What people fail to realize is that young men and women like myself DO NOT have a vested interest here other than 'hometown' pride that quite honestly doesnt exist among us. There isn't anything stopping us from jumping ship. We are not limited by a mortgage, a family, or business endeavors. We are free spirits seeking to get ahead in life and to form a foundation for our future. We cannot form a foundation here where the earth is unstable and unpredictable.
Just a few of my thoughts this fine morning! I still have hope but its not because of anything I see in the environment around me. I have hope because I have faith in the will of man to come to his senses and start making progressive decisions and not be paralyzed by fear of failure. Niagara Falls will never get ahead with conservative and shortsighted thinking. We will get ahead when we start taking more chances. Chances that might lead to failure but will eventually lead to success if we persist together.