(Steve has given Brian the day off this week. It’s a reward for his covering for Steve, who was out of the office last week … with good reason.)
We have talked in this space about accountability being our watchword for 2012. I’ve been living it these last 25 years, and I certainly saw examples last week that mirror what we encounter in our community. Let me explain: First, my bride and I spent seven days in Key West celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. Yes, a good time was had by all and refreshments were served. For those who know me by my rapier-like wit, I’m not always that way. Sometimes I reflect, and those reflections give rise to the aforementioned parallels. And so, what Sally and I have experienced in a quarter century actually, in part, is about accountability. That through-thick-and-thin stuff is real, folks, and (wait for it … here comes the parallel) in Key West, it was evident in the civil-service sector. The southernmost city proved itself to be a model of organization and accountability. Folks descend on the city to get away from the humdrum, and some of them, shall we say, overly enjoy themselves. But, as is the case here, local government workers do their thing in Key West to keep everything sparkling. Sidewalks are power-washed each morning, trash cans – seemingly one every 3 feet – are emptied before the sun comes up, and you won’t find so much as a stray gum wrapper on the streets. Funny, isn’t it, that cleanliness in paradise reminded us of home? Hamilton County is a shining example (in most areas) of cleanliness. As other visitors to Key West marveled at “how clean this is,” we proudly told them, “That’s how it is back home.” We’re quick to rip government for inefficiency, but we have zero beefs when it comes to keeping the place we call home in good shape. That’s effective accountability on the part of those who were elected or appointed to serve us. And we appreciate it.
By Steve Greenberg