‘He said, she said stuff’ has got to stop

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Our Views

 Leadership is something which can’t often be learned. It is a trait that either you have it or you don’t.

But if you are placed into a position of leadership, you better have the ability to display that trait or bad things could happen.

In today’s society, seldom do we want to be held accountable. There is always someone else to blame.

Look no further than government at all levels to see this lack of accountability on display.

This is a very bad trend and it should not occur on the local level. If the national leaders want to send out that message, that is fine. Just don’t let it trickle down to the local level.

Over the past month or so, there has been a disturbing trend in Bullitt County. We’ve gotten into the game of name calling and guilt by association - even guilt by gender.

At one of the smallest cities, we’ve had a councilman throw some unkind words at a resident. Whether the resident deserved the verbal spanking or not is certainly not the question.

The people of that community elected men and women to be their leaders. No matter the level of frustration, leaders must remain above such behavior.

More recently, Bullitt Fiscal Court brought the gender card into the proceedings. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Magistrate Ruthie Ashbaugh felt there might be some boys versus girls at play when budget cuts were proposed in several areas supervised by women while a male’s department received more funding.

Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts didn’t allow that subject to die, despite some quiet pleading from the newest “boy” on the block, magistrate Rick Clements.

For his efforts to move to another topic, Clements got a lecture from the judge on how anyone in America can say what they want when they want to say it.

Well, let’s go out and scream fire in a crowded movie theatre.

To think that budget decisions are made based on gender is a bit strange. To say it out in public is a bit more bizarre.

We don’t condone the way the recent budget process transpired. We don’t believe it should have taken so long for magistrates John Bradshaw and Joe Laswell to make their changes.

And we do believe that more than one budget committee meeting in the spring may have worked out some of the differences.

But at the end of the day, any frustration felt by members of fiscal court should have avoided any discussion about biased decisions. There is just no basis and there is no reason to broach the subject.

As the only media which regularly attends such meetings, we are obligated to bring out things that are just not right.

These encounters are not pleasant. In hindsight, those who spoke the words may wish to take them back. But, once spoken, there is no mulligans. 

Bullitt County has a reputation for various things. Such behaviors only give reason to support some of these assumptions.

But just imagine Economic Development leader Bob Fouts having to explain such behaviors to a potential client. Not an easy job.

We respect the vast responsibilities placed upon the shoulders of our elected officials.  It is a thankless job that none receive enough pay to perform.

And it is not our place to constantly hound people who normally work themselves to death to serve their people.

However, there are times in which are leadership skills are lacking. For that, we all must take ownership and responsibility. We must all face the music.

Leadership starts at the top from our elected leaders. That responsibility is a 24/7 job. You are being judged every minute of the day.

It is a tough job. But sometimes we all need to think before we speak. Bringing the gender card into the equation is wrong on many fronts.

We praise Clements, though the newest of the magistrates, for his efforts to calm the storm and move the discussions to another place. He did not deserve a lecture or a political speech from the bench, which is much too common on all levels.

We trust that such issues are a thing of the past and they won’t resurface - unless there are proven grounds. And if there are grounds showing bias for any reason, we have bigger issues to then tackle.

We need our leaders to be leaders. Only then will our county move forward.

What do you think? Let us know.