Typical of most government agencies today, services paid for are being stretched or not even forthcoming, depending on where you live. Apparently regulations and municipal codes mean naught, whether it be a state, federal or local county administration.
I believe the fantastic growth of Columbia County, and its incessant demands for more services, is causing pain for a lot of people, especially the folks like me who have lived here for many years. I believe the growing pains we are experiencing are causing a backlash, as the quality-of-life factors - the very reasons we moved to Columbia County continue to decline. It is especially hard on senior citizens.
The rise and fall of cities and governments is a natural cycle in the business world, but it is causing havoc for many homeowners during this transitional era. With more and more roads being widened or even created, the traffic will surely follow. Quite a few subdivisions now front major arteries or are adjacent to them.
Meanwhile, a lot of folks are being shunted aside as each new, more-pressing demand is made upon our unincorporated communities. We must elect people to office who possess a wide range of skills, experiences and education in order to meet and accomplish the demands of the 21st century Columbia County. Logos don't 'get it. Skilled managers and supervisors who demand the highest levels of professionalism of their employees, combined with job dedication, should be eagerly recruited and retained. No longer will being a 'good ol' boy be enough to get a job and float to the top of our government of the future.
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