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This blog is authored by Mark Hinesley, Chamber President/CEO
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Let’s Show Washington…

Every once in a while a unique opportunity presents itself for people of strong character to show their true colors and in doing so enhance the lives of those around them. In many instances, I would imagine that by the time we even recognize it as an opportunity it is already in our rear view mirror. Today we find ourselves looking thru the windshield with a great chance to get it right the first time and without regrets.

What would make it even more remarkable would be if we can find that sweet spot in the middle where everyone comes out a winner and in the process we can set a “mini-example” to those in much, much higher elected authority but who seemingly cannot agree on what day of the week it is, much less being able to solve the complex problems facing us as a nation. Nope, this opportunity is on a much smaller scale and has to do with making sure that if and when the citizens of our community dial 911 that we can be sure a big red truck with a ladder on it will show up. We also hope that there will be adequate personnel who are properly trained and that they have the necessary equipment to make the fire go away with the least amount of damage possible.

Of course this needs to be done in the most cost-effective manner possible in both the short term as well as the long term. At this point, I am not advocating one way or the other because frankly I don’t have enough factual information (I think I just missed the perfect opportunity to use the word “Intel” that they use in the movies all of the time and sounds so much cooler than factual information) to arrive at a justifiable conclusion. I listened intently at last week’s board of commissioners meeting as well-meaning folks expressed their opinions on both sides of the fire tax increase being proposed. Each person is perhaps correct in their opinion because it is theirs and no one can or should try to force a particular point of view upon anyone else.

I believe there are a few things we can do to enhance our chances of finding that sweet spot. What we can do is to share the facts, agree on the opportunities being presented, identify all possible solutions, consider each and every option available, and perhaps most importantly we must respect each other’s perspective. I firmly believe that if we try as hard as we can to find that needle in a haystack known as consensus, we will all be better for the time spent to get it right while the opportunity is still present.

Rushing this might put a band aid on it and it may even buy us a little bit of time. But, eventually we will be going back to the drawing board and when we do, all the time we will be asking ourselves why we did not take the time in the beginning to do it right the first time. And if what we are seeing in the national news on a daily basis is any indication, let’s take a lesson from them and not be guilty of kicking the can down the road for the next generation to fix. Not that they are watching, but let’s show them how it’s done! I will see you right here next week! Follow Mark on Twitter @MJChamber #mjchamber or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit 24/7 at

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