The following comes from Proverbs 22:7 New International Version (NIV)
7 The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is slave to the lender.
The Bible tells us that the "borrower is slave to the lender". So the person that sells out their position (whatever it may be) will becomes a slave to those that they let buy their influence. Once a person allows it to happen even one time, it makes it easier for it to happen again and again. What eventually happens is either the person just sells themselves completely over to the influence or they get so fed up; they end it which costs them either way.
My father said that a good name is worth more than all the money in the bank. He was right. A good name is heard far and wide and goes before you to open doors; just like a bad name (reputation) can close many doors before you even get there to knock on them.
A day of reckoning is coming for Gulf County. It’s coming for the individuals that “sell out” at any cost to citizens and groups in the local public. To the individuals and companies that are buying influence, you have made a “name” for yourself and your company. I’m not so sure it’s a name I would want associated with me or a company I owned.
Gulf County was once a thriving county and advancing with a bright future. I see the county going backwards…the infrastructure falling apart, people moving away and school enrollment diminishing. This speaks volumes about the condition of the county.
It’s time to “count the costs” of decisions being made by the Board of County Commissioners, the Tourism Development Council and the Gulf County School Board. All these entities are making decisions that affect every citizen in Gulf County. Are the decisions being made in the best interest of the citizens of the county or the members of BOCC, the TDC and the GCSB? You decide.
Former Gulf County resident,
Barbara Redmon Vickery