One Simpsonville

What follows is the text of a Letter to the Editor that I submitted to The Banner (originally printed online here).

A lot has happened in Simpsonville over the last 4 or 5 years.  These events bred discord in our city, created dissension amongst our citizens.  And yet, Simpsonville remains a great place to live, work, and play—a place full of wonderful people who want only the best for a city they love.

Unfortunately, a divisive “them vs. us” rhetoric persists today—one we, the citizens, have the power to change. Let’s do that. Let us dwell not on the past but instead turn our thoughts to the future of this great city. Let us turn a deaf ear to those who would continue to perpetuate antagonism, to those who would focus only on the negative, to those who would point fingers, assign blame, name-call, or otherwise judge. Let us, too, do our own part and hold our own tongues—difficult though it may be—when tempted to react in a similarly unproductive way.

Let us choose now to move forward together –one Simpsonville—united for the common good.  After all, as Henry Ford once said, “if everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”