There have been headlines in your Clarksdale Press Register about issues involving pay raises, our library board, county administrator, elections and even how we are working with people in our school district.
A lot of people want to drink coffee, nod their head and offer their advice, when what we really need are leaders.
We need men and women who will take a stand and tell us not only what they are going to do but how they are going to do it.
Don’t listen to promises. How many of our readers have been told the street in front of their house will be fixed this year or the alley will be cleaned up.
How many of you have been told they are creating jobs for you, there is no crime in Clarksdale, our schools are doing fine and the quality of life in Clarksdale is getting better?
How many of you believe that?
We need to look around and encourage elected officials with talents and skills to do their job. We need to stand by them when they do the hard thing and start taking heat for their decisions.
The city pay raises could have been avoided if commissioners had looked hard at the problems around them and not been blinded by the dollar signs in their own eyes.
Clarksdale and Coahoma County can’t stand four more years of business as usual. We have $2 million in unpaid fines, schools that are less than the best, a high unemployment rate and people who deserve better.
We are losing population, losing our business tax base, property values are going down and our children are graduating high school and headed to the streets.
We need leaders. We want leaders. We are looking for leaders who will make a difference.
Your Clarksdale Press Register wants to state that not all elected officials are bad. But it is apparent many would rather go with the flow than stand for what is right and proper. They want to pad their own pocket at your expense.
This town and this community will not get better until the good men and women in Clarksdale decide to change things in our city and county.