This past week as I made my repairs to the damages from Ida, I had time again to consider infrastructure and community action in Hunterdon. I was lucky. I suffered only property damage. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to those families who lost loved ones in Hunterdon County due to Hurricane Ida. Yes, the decisions that we make as a community will have life and death consequences. There are many challenges that we face as a community.
These are exactly what county government should be addressing. Hurricanes, pandemics are 2 dramatic recent examples. How should we handle them? As our streets, then our homes flooded, should we be raising anger towards and dislike of our neighbors? That’s not a solution. Or should we apply pragmatism and engineering science to prepare for the next hurricane? How is it that the Hunterdon County Commission has some $90 million in unspent tax dollars and our infrastructure preformed so badly during Ida? The ideology that all government spending is bad has resulted in unwise underspending. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Prudent, reasonable government spending is like an investment, creating value for all. This is not ideology; it’s common sense. How many of you suffered damages this week because our infrastructure failed you? Instead of practical community action, some in our county and local governments want community-dividing, self-defeating selfishness. As covid continues, some leaders in our county oppose mask requirements. As county commissioner, I will follow not my personal feelings, but science, for the betterment of our entire community. If we don’t follow the science, we will be letting covid kill members of our Hunterdon community. If we all follow common precautions, we will save lives. Communal actions such as infrastructure investment and covid restrictions benefit our entire community, every individual!