Cooperation in government is necessary
If the states and the Feds can’t see eye to eye, or agree to disagree, then nothing meaningful will get done.
This is especially true in the United States, where we were built on Federalism (where state and national government share power). It’s the basis for the constitution.
This country was built on cooperation and compromise; it’s the best way to solve conflicts, although it’s not always the prettiest.
Sometimes we have to “stand our ground” to make a point or help guide a solution.
It’s important to pick the battle though – lack of compromise mucks us down; sometimes being “right” is more about ego than the public good. Good governance is not always easy – it’s not meant to be. It’s like trying to herd the proverbial cats.
It takes a lot to move a bureaurcray; sometimes we get stuck at a standstill, stagnant and unmoving. But hopefully pretty soon, momentum is gained, and mud gets washed off, and government jolts into action.
At the local level, compromise is just as important.
So are things like ethics, goodwill, transparency, integrity and honesty.
A joint meeting of school board and Gardner city council was held on June 12.
Similarities were found during this meeting. It was as if both of these group swere reaching out in reconciliation.
Thank you.
As elected officials, we know you try to do what’s right.
But what’s more important than being right individually is the setting aside of ego and working together for the betterment of the community.