We’re On It

Since being sworn in, the first 45 days in office has been a time for further learning, assessing, organizing and innovating. Where has Orchard Park been, and what is on our horizon? What is the mood of our residents, as well as that of the employees who provide the services which those residents depend upon and desire? What governmental things have worked well, and where can we improve? A community of persons evolves, even as a single person does. Stability and change, push and pull, give and take – such stressors are part and parcel to the ever emerging and
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The Hardest of Trades

In a number of his writings a brilliant individual insisted that all persons innately pursue the perceived good. But this assertion, he acknowledged, gives rise to the difficulty of identifying what “the good” may be. In his most widely read work with political connotations, The Republic, he went on to identify three motivations that are present in the soul of every individual to greater and lesser extents: the love of money, the love of honor (inclusive of the notion of power), and the love of learning. That man was Plato, and he taught from within the cradle of democracy, namely,
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Political Leadership

In my last post I reflectively identified the attributes that I think would make for the ideal politician. In theory the possession of at least a good number of those attributes would make a politician a respectable leader within the community. This raises the subject of leadership, another important issue in an election year. [1] How can we recognize leadership? [2] What kind of political leadership does Orchard Park need, or any community for that matter, at this time? Without getting into a thesis, let me say that I don’t think it is too difficult to recognize leadership when we
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The Ideal Politician

In that I continue to be asked the “why” and the am I “sure” questions about running for office, and in that the choice from among political candidates is important to the community of Orchard Park, I thought that I would ease into the weekly My Two Cents posts on issues important to Orchard Park with an intentionally simple musing upon being a politician. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – It has
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