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Wake Up Macon!

December 2007



Visions, Value, Action




By James Wright



The election results are in for Macon’s new mayor.  The citizens of Macon have made an important decision in the person of Robert Reichert to lead them for the next 4 years.  They have decided that he is the best man to turn the city around and make it a better place.  The city has put its trust and confidence in Robert Reichert. 



Macon's new mayor-elect Robert Reichert



Macon has a vision of an increase in jobs and opportunities for everyone and a decrease in the crime rate; affordable healthcare for all citizens and an end to homelessness. Drug addiction would be addressed in a productive way.


The values of family, job security, community participation, church attendance, honesty and integrity in government and politics, and respect for individuals of differing opinions are highly desirable values for a city that wants a turn-around.


Action is what Reichert will do to achiever the vision.  He says “Together We Can.”  Together is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as: “with each other; as a unit; in a unified or coherent manner.”



This administration needs involvement of the people; Reichert should seek the voice of the people before acting; respecting their input.  There should be no unilateral or arbitrary decisions.


The city of Oakland, California (70% African American) elected former governor of California Jerry Brown in 1998 for two consecutive terms.  Brown, who is white, won the election over an African American candidate.  He was obviously the best candidate, had been Governor of California for 8 years and presidential candidate twice. 



Former mayor of Oakland, California, Jerry Brown



The African American community rose up and put their trust in a white man to lead the city out of destruction. Crime was up, murder rates rising, unemployment was at an all time high, and the city was deep in debt.  Visitors were afraid to come to town.  Brown turned the city of Oakland around and made it a better city through his positive actions.  An important factor in this turn-around was the fact that he did not hesitate to engage the community in his decision making.  A similar situation exists now in Macon.  The African American community has helped to elect Robert Reichert as mayor…hopefully our new mayor will take a cue from Jerry Brown and show the citizens of Macon that he means what he says and says what he means – Together We Can.


To be mayor requires a vision for the future; an embracing of our values as well as a demonstration that he will take the necessary actions to improve the quality of life for all of Macon’s citizens.  Back room politics must yield to frontline representation.  The old politics of a chosen few to represent the majority is over.  The citizens of Macon are educated enough today to think for themselves; they don’t need an innkeeper. Therefore, the new mayor must engage community involvement through town hall meetings to seek the people’s views on the various issues that the city of Macon faces.  I am sure the mayor understands the obligation of fulfilling his Together We Can slogan by engaging the community.


Politicians must follow through and be held accountable for the promises they make.  This city and the entire country are tired of empty promises made by politicians seeking their own gain.  We now hold our elected officials to the promises they make. It is important to understand that race wasn’t a factor; the truth is marching on.  Macon reached out to the candidate they felt could see this vision, possessed the values necessary, and is bold enough to take the necessary action needed to turn this city around.  With his qualifications and his promises to the community, this commitment must be upheld.


There has been a dark cloud over the city of Macon for some time.  Politicians have talked about the need for change, yet done nothing and Macon is tired of it.  The voters have spoken and expressed a desire for this change and we are now prepared to give Reichert our total support.  Reichert now has four years to bring about positive change for the city.

Unemployment, inequality, high taxes, the crime rate, lack of housing, homelessness, inadequate health care; Reichert must now address these and other issues.    


The citizens of Macon’s prayers are with the new mayor and his administration to bring about positive change. As the Bible says “Let your yes be yes and your no be no” – Citizens, stand with your new mayor as the Bible teaches us, “I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what he will say to me and what I will answer when I am corrected.  Then the Lord answered me and said “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run to read it, for the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end, it will speak, and it will not lie.  Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:2, 3


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