To the Editor:
I write to commend the publisher on his Oct. 9 column, “I’m Frustrated.” He writes of the frustration felt by the Cape Issues group in its effort to improve the lives of our county’s residents.
The cause of this frustration is that progress on the major issues of our county is so very hard to achieve. He lauds their dedication to being true Americans, who see the things that need to be done and do them.
The column connects our county’s failure to thrive to the declining population and flight of our youth, to our lack of transportation infrastructure (most importantly, Route 55’s extension, and secondly, the need to replace crumbling Ocean Drive bridges).
Absence of real and effective government and school leadership causes failure for our county - failure to implement new, thorough, and efficient methods of instruction, failure to consider and initiate school district mergers, and failure to appoint an economic czar charged with developing and executing a county economic development plan.
Martin Luther King’s last sermon talked about the drum, which the Cape Issues group beats: “If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter… but I just want to leave a committed life behind.”
Their frustration may be gladly borne, but it should make them beat their drum even more loudly about the things that matter, the things that will make our county great again, the things that make our country “the city on the hill.”
I thank them for their service.