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Good things usually have good people, good works behind them

Usually when something good starts happening it's because "someone" said or did something behind the scenes to start the action. The action or word may never get attention, as such, only the results from that action or word. These are a few results, and the people behind them, that I've noticed this week:

Columbia United Metodist Church and Charles Marshall: If members are released from Sunday service a little before eleven instead of a few minutes after, it may just be because of something longtime servant Charles Marshall said. Pastor Neal Janes said last Sunday that he'd had a really good visit with Charles and gotten some advice he would give a lot of thought to. He reported that Charles said, "I've waited a long time to tell you but I'm going to say it now, if you'd let your congregation go just five minutes before the usual end of service instead of after, you'd have more in attendance." Everyone in the congregation (and it was a good number on Easter Sunday) broke into laughter and a few of us applauded Charles' advice. He and his wife Yvonne have enjoyed many years experience in leadership in Columbia and they know about these things.

Ben Arnold and the Columbian Theater: Heading out of Moore's Pool Room toward Pablo's Mexican Grill, I was stopped in my tracks this week to see the doors thrown open on the long-closed historic Columbian Theater and a cleaning crew at work. It has been interesting to live in downtown Columbia through good times and not-so-good times. seeing businesses thrive and then close. Sometimes they thrive again, sometimes they stay closed. There has been no formal word from the owner, but the guys at work said Ben wants it cleaned and ready for business. That gives me hope and restores a bit of faith in possibilities.

PRIDE Cleanup day, Rhonda Loy and the City of Columbia staff, mayor and council: Someone had to get all the details together, get the word out to all five media and then put the event together and let the staff, mayor and council know what the agenda was. Today all questions were referred to Rhonda whose leadership on this I applaud. It's worth a drive around the city to see how spotless it is this afternoon. Not perfect, but really improved and cared for. If other responsibilities hadn't called I could have kept walking and picking up bits of stuff that belong in the garbage. The weather was perfect for the work. I look forward to seeing the photos, once they are processed, of all the faces of those who helped today. All ages, many groups are to be thanked.

Good to Great, Columbia? We have two colleges in our midst that are thriving and beyond. Growth in numbers of students, buildings and landscape are simply over the top. I'm fortunate to benefit from both, as a staff member at Campbellsville University and as a Columbia Councilmember and citizen benefiting from the powerful economic contributions of Lindsey Wilson College. So when one of their leaders advise about something that has been helpful to getting them where they are, I pay attention. CU President Michael Carter advised that a good book for everyone to read is Good-to-Great. My son Pen who is a book seller at Sixth and Main Coffeehouse in Shelbyville ordered it for me and one thing struck me about the research of what takes organizations from good ones to great ones -- a conscious choice by its leader. A conscious choice after researching and listening to those involved. Columbia can do that. Columbia Mayor Mark Harris can bring our people together for a town meeting for the single purpose of dreaming about what we want our town to become over the years ahead. Once the dreaming has been done, he can make a conscious choice, or two or three or a dozen, and he can call upon his council to back him up on those choices in the secure knowledge that the action is the will of the citizenry. What do you say, Mayor Harris? Can we make time for a town meeting where Columbians can bring their best ideas and fondest wishes for consideration?

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