Tuesday, February 12, 2008

By Paula McGowen: Harmony is not necessarily the best thing


On Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, history was made in Walworth County.

There was a first-ever candidates' forum for county board candidates in the District 2,3, and 6 primaries to be held on Feb. 19, 2008. I wish to thank Peoples Bank for accommodating the event at their community center room at its Elkhorn location, and the candidates that participated.

The event was filled to capacity and then some, with standing room only. I am happy to say, in proceeding elections this event will need a larger location.

As one candidate put it, "This is what democracy is all about." I like to think that this is a sign of Walworth County's future, and as another candidate put it, "we are at a crosswords."

I happen to disagree to one candidate's view over the "animosity" and discord the candidate perceives in the current board's deliberations.

Anyone witnessing a functional governmental body--be it a township board on up to our U.S. Congress--should view the raucousness that at times erupts, as an indication of differences of opinion and a healthy sign of checks and balances at work.

We all need to reflect that harmony and being in unison can be a red flag.

There was a valid reason our forefathers had the wisdom to create the separation of powers by providing for three independent branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial.

It is when all act as one, that the tyranny our forefathers faced and so courageously fought and died for, will have returned.

The Walworth County Board that we elect on April 1, 2008, shouldn't be chosen lightly, like an April Fool's joke.

We need to be thankful of those who showed true courage and leadership in providing the people of Walworth County the opportunity to take back their government so that it will do as it had been originally intended; serve "We The People."

Remember, it will be this new board that "We the People" choose, that will decide our future's path, and that sometimes being labeled noisy, disruptive and not going along with the program is a true indicator of leadership.

I'm sure the Queen of England thought of the colonists in a similar fashion.

Please vote in the primary on Feb. 19, 2008 and again on April 1, 2008 in the general election.

Paula McGowen


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