Monday Morning Water Cooler Talk for April 9, 2012

The buzz that permeates Lowndes County, has reached a fever pitch, lately.  As The Real Story approaches its 10th issue, there is never a shortage of stories to address.  Since our inception as a website, on October 19, 2011, we have covered an incredible number of issues and events.

However, our greatest accomplishment has been our transformation into a print publication.  We have strived to be a paper of which the community can be proud.  Our goal has been to be a paper which, if you sent it to friends and families anywhere in the country, you would be proud for them to read it.  And – equally important – your friends and family would be proud to read it, also.

This week will be no different, with at least two important meetings on the horizon. On Monday night, the Columbus Municipal School District will hold their monthly meeting, while on Wednesday, the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau will meet to address how to fund festivals for the remainder of the year.  You can rest assured that our local officials’ pet events will get their cut.

The fact is, everyone should care about these meetings – not just for the obvious reasons – but because it’s your money that is funding these projects.  The government does not generate money; as a general rule, it spends money and every dime of it comes from the taxpayers’ pockets.  The general public, who funds these bills, should be very mindful of how their money is spent.

As the new budget year approaches, in October, local governments are going to have to address their needs and their resources.  The question, in Columbus, will be how much of their reserves will they have to dip into, to balance their budgets.  It is a valid question because, in the past, the spending decisions have not always been wise.

It is easy to get numbed by the raw figures, but the political reality is that the City of Columbus will be heading into an election year, and the illusion of prosperity will be important for politicians, who are trying to save their hides in an election.

It will be interesting to see if the “old-fashioned shell game” will come into play, where money is moved around and we, the tax payers, come up on the short end of this financial slight-of-hand.   The future rides on this year’s budget, and the question has to be asked, will our elected officials come clean on the financial situation or will they play games with the future of the city, for their own political gain?  It’s that plain and simple.

Maybe Columbus has won the lottery and all is good, but that is doubtful.  The next several months will be extremely important in determining the future of ‘C-Town’. Each and every member of the community should be on the lookout for any waste or foolish use of resources that the city has been guilty of committing.

The last almost six months have been a blast, and the best is yet to come.  The Real Story thanks all of its supporters – both on the web and in print – for all the support you have provided.  Without you – the reader – there is nothing to work for, each day.  You make it all worthwhile.

We would also like to thank our advertisers and the businesses that carry our publication.  The list is growing and will only get longer.  We anticipate being able to make a major announcement, in this regard, in the very near future.

The Real Story will continue to make government our number one priority, and we will not mind ruffling the feathers of any politicians who deserve it.  That is the job of the media, and we must be doing something right.  We only made it to one City of Columbus Department Head meeting, before the Mayor closed the event to everyone.  And, that’s all you need to know about that!

 In the end, it is the media’s job to be the “Watch Dog” for the community and ensure that government performs correctly.  We take that commitment seriously.   As Ben Franklin said, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”   Here at The Real Story, we are making sure you don’t lose either of them.  We are proud to be the “Watch Dog.”

Joseph B. St. John

Mr. MoJo Rising

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