A blueprint for ending gridlock

In yesterday’s editorial, we ranted about Washington gridlock. How 400-plus members of the House and Senate are incapable of getting anything done because they are so entrenched in their positions.

We’d like Washington to see how things can work. And they can use the blueprint found right here in Newnan.

Mark Sept. 9 on your calendar. It’s the official groundbreaking for what will become the new Newnan campus for the University of West Georgia. The $15 million project will renovate the old Newnan Hospital on Jackson Street into a top-notch educational facility.

We realize Congress rarely bothers with such trivial amounts. Add three or four zeros to that $15 million and they might raise their eyebrows.

But $15 million down here is a big deal, one of the biggest projects ever undertaken by the city of Newnan. And they didn’t do it alone. There were a lot of groups involved, and they were all united toward a common goal - creating a first-class education complex in downtown Newnan.

Did they all agree on every issue? No. Was there compromise? Yes. But, to borrow an old sports cliche, they kept their eye on the ball, the ultimate goal.

A list of just some of the key players shows that elected city and state officials and various governing boards and authorities can actually find a solution for the betterment of all. The Newnan Hospital Authority is donating the buildings, land and kicking in about $4 million. 

The Coweta County Board of Commissioners have pledged more than $500,000 over 10 years. The University Board of Regents approved the project and will buy the completed complex for $5 million. The city of Newnan is working on how it will fund its portion. And underneath all that were city, county and state employees working to make it all happen.

Congress would do well to come down on one of their “fact-finding” missions and see how a multitude of governments and authorities can accomplish what, in the end, is best for all. But please don’t stay long. Learn how to play nicely together, and then get back up there and do what you were elected - and paid - to do.



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