The private and philanthropic sector got it right, but our county government got it wrong. The City of Cincinnati administration got it right, but our county government dropped the ball. Decisions of this magnitude should be decided based on data, not fear or ideology. They should be debated in public, not in recess. Fiscal responsibility in government is exemplified when there is a mix of public and private accountability to get things done. We had that in our sight and the opportunity was wasted. The people deserved an opportunity to vote as it was originally presented.
While the verdict is disappointing, it should strengthen our resolve to find solutions to carry on the momentum and progress that our region is experiencing. While we are frustrated with the lack of leadership shown by our elected officials, we should use this as motivation to get involved and make our voices heard. We should expect better and it starts with each and every one of us, today.
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