We just could be happy with the dramatic dip in the unemployment rate in this county in recent months and not do anything to make a still high rate even lower.
We can't afford complacency right now, but even more, we can't afford provincialism in our county.
Which leads us to our county Board of Supervisors. We quite regularly hear of certain of our county supervisors and other county leaders saying when a new project is proposed, "But if this goes in there, what will I get for my district?"
Such an attitude will never propel this county into the overall economic condition its hard-working citizens deserve. Our county leaders need to think on a countywide basis. If we want more projects like the Brawley Beef plant, which took a big bite out of unemployment numbers, we need more elected officials in this county thinking about the good of the county as a whole, not about their particular districts or what they see as their particular constituencies.