The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Opinion

April 21, 2013

Getting involved

There are some major developments on the horizon for Hunt County. You should be paying attention to them.

Two bond items on the May 11 ballot are huge for Greenville and Hunt County. The first, bond for the YMCA/events center, could potentially impact our community for the next 40-50 years. And, at $15 million, it is no small amount of money. We hope that the information included in this edition of the Herald-Banner will be useful to you come election day.

The second bond of $12 million is for repairing Greenville streets, a project that we have supported in our editorials and could have a strong impact on local quality of life and economic development.

And, while little has been said by the Texas Turnpike Corporation recently, the Blackland Corridor, a private toll road between Hunt and Collin County, is still in the planning stages. While the direct connection to the Metroplex could increase economic growth, many residents in the road’s path have vehemently protested its construction.

Regardless of how you feel about these incidents, local residents should be involved.

Becoming involved in the community begins with becoming informed. At the Herald-Banner, we do our best to keep you up-to-date on what is going on in your community, so the first step in becoming an informed resident is to read the newspaper, either the physical product, our e-edition, or our stories on our website.

But being informed also requires action. There are dozens of important meetings held throughout the county each month, from city council to school board to county commissioners court. Agendas for these meetings are made public days before they are held, and previews of the meetings are frequently printed in the paper.

One of the most powerful ways to be involved is by exercising your right to vote. Whether you agree or disagree with the bonds, the decisions of the city council or other elected officials, May 11 is the perfect time to let your voice be heard and impact the future of our community.

The worst thing that local residents could do is to apathetically ignore these potential changes. Greenville and Hunt County are evolving. It is up to us to determine what they will look like.

The opinion expressed here is that of the Herald-Banner editorial board. The board can be contacted at editor@heraldbanner.com.

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