Maybe it's just me, but does anyone else sense that we're on the verge of another period of great change in Howard County? I submit to you these examples:
The results of the Columbia village market study (which I hope produced more specifics than are indicated in this article, but from what I understand from people who attended, it didn't);
The Inner Arbor project (no link necessary);
The placing of the old Rouse Company Building on the market as described here, and at the same time, the purchase of the old Patuxent Publishing Building;
The announcement of the building of a third county full-service police station, this one likely in Columbia and possibly downtown.
So for those playing at home, that's three Luke Lavoie articles cited. (Hey, it's not so hard to count and type! And also copy and paste!)
And I didn't mention everything that's going on. But it's safe to say that even 10 years from now, Columbia and Howard County are going to present a much different face to the world.
We have to ask ourselves therefore, who do we want to lead our political bodies, corporations, nonprofits, and other organizations who will lead us boldly into that potentially very bright future.
Speaking for me, I for one favor boldness. I appreciate those who say what they mean and whose actions reflect their words. It's been reflected in my candidate endorsements so far, and in those yet to come.
I also favor vision. Using the past as prelude but developing a vision that is meaningful and forward-thinking. Building a community, in all senses, that has jigsaw pieces attached to it at the edges for future generations to build onto.
Of those entities I listed above, we as citizens don't have much direct say in choosing the leaders of those organizations. We do have the opportunity to elect public officials this year. My recommendation is ultimately, for everyone to pick their candidates of choice who represent those two qualities above. Disagreeing is OK. But the only sin this year, is not to exercise your most solemn franchise, to have your voice heard and your vote counted.
Happy Macaroon Day!
Let's be careful out there.