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And we're off, to coin a popular Derby day refrain.
Last Tuesday, Steve Beshear was inaugurated as Kentucky's new governor. Let's hope that Campbellsville and Taylor County are as well represented in what happens during the next four years as we were in Beshear's inaugural parade.
Band members from Campbellsville and Taylor County high schools as well as the Campbellsville University Marching Tigers were a part of Tuesday's celebration.
It's commendable that our small community had three groups invited to be a part of such a momentous occasion.
And now that Beshear's administration has officially taken over the gubernatorial reins, let's hope he follows through with his campaign promises - leadership and integrity.
A cornerstone of Beshear's campaign, good leadership will be his main duty as governor. He won't always have the power to make certain changes himself, but if he's a good leader, others who do have that power will follow, namely the legislature.
It will be up to Beshear to set aside partisan politics in favor of integrity, another cornerstone of his campaign.
As our former governor quickly learned, when one makes integrity a focus, others will scrutinize every decision, looking for a hidden agenda.
Openness and honesty will help, as they do in every situation.
Beshear can make a lot of friends in Taylor County if he can find quicker solutions to our wish list requests for a lodge and golf course at Green River Lake State Park and better vehicular access to the Louie B. Nunn and Martha Layne Collins parkways.
Our wants are many, but we only ask that Taylor County be given the same consideration for financial assistance as any of the other 119 counties.
When you look at what we can leverage with the expertise at Taylor Regional Hospital and Campbellsville University, we think the governor will see that opportunity abounds in our community and the region.