Speaking up

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The definition of communication is: the exchange of information between individuals, for example, by means of speaking, writing, or using a common system of signs or behavior, according to the Encarta Dictionary.

The actual act of communication within governments at the local, state and national level is often lacking. To some local government bodies, communication has served them well as they discuss issues or begin an important process.

In considering the four different governmental meetings that occurred on Monday as reported by the Times-Journal, it is obvious that there is a need for better communication. As well, some meetings identified the benefit of having a rapport with its constituents.

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The Selma City Council discussed numerous topics

from repairs at the police station to dredging at the marina. All lengthy discussions could have ended rumors by simply putting the facts on the table. The rumor mill in Selma has long been in business, by putting facts out there, giving other parties access to information is a sure way to eliminate the mill from continuing operation.

In addition to the police and marina issues, there was another concern regarding the use of the former Dunn Nursing Home in Old Town. Communication on this issue led to encouragement of getting both groups together to discuss the issue.

At the Dallas County Commission, they received an update on the lawsuit with the city regarding the infamous tower, an issue that could have well been avoided all together by using open communication.

Across the river in Lowndes County, debate continues regarding a landfill issue, where communication allowed both sides to voice their opinions.

Up Highway 22, Valley Grande city leaders are seeking input for planning a town square. This has proven to be the most effective way to conduct government by allowing the constituents to participate in the decision process.

After all, communication is key to a successful relationship, even between government and the city. Often times, communication holds the key to understanding.