DAVE ATCHISON, GUEST WRITER
Friday, February 22, 2019 1:20 p.m
The time has come for Albion to either move forward with those who focus on what can be accomplished or falter and struggle under the bullying of those who revel in obstruction and disruption. Albion’s future is brightest when we collectively embrace the opportunities staring us in the face and stop tolerating those who sow dissent and divisiveness.
We must each ask ourselves some hard questions. Do we stand together and support those working to bring economic growth and prosperity to our city? Or, do we consign ourselves to be held hostage to a small group of outspoken, negative saboteurs who offer no solutions or initiatives, only insults and provocations?
Simply put, does this community view Albion College as one of our greatest assets, or an arrogant organization to be snubbed?
How should we view those who want to invest tens of millions of dollars into restoring our downtown district? Do we proudly applaud their vision for a vibrant downtown and publicly acknowledge their philanthropic spirit? Or are they a bunch of nefarious evil doers trying to take over our city? And finally, do we consider Oaklawn Medical Group a generous community partner investing in Albion to deliver critically needed health care services to our community, or as a greedy, uncaring adversary?
The future of Albion will be determined by how each of us answers these questions. Collectively we decide whether Albion moves forward with hope and enthusiasm or continue to be stuck in a quagmire of intrigue and mistrust driven by the blind refusal of a few to acknowledge and accept the will of the electorate.
Join me in focusing on what can be accomplished and embracing the opportunities before us. Act now if you reject the tactics of obstruction and disruption. Write your city council representative and tell them it is time for Albion to move forward. Demand to see and hear collaboration on our city council. Tell your representative how you view Albion College, where you stand on the future of downtown development and where Oaklawn fits in your community. Albion needs everyone to stand up, get off the sidelines, and hold your representatives accountable. Albion’s future IS brightest when we collectively embrace the opportunities staring us in the face and stop tolerating those who sow dissent and divisiveness.
Dave Atchison is the mayor of the city of Albion.