We are at the end of another year as 2015 will come to a close tonight. As we look forward to 2016 and all that it will bring, let’s also reflect on the past and the lessons learned along the way.
In September, Bill Haslett opened Winnsboro Antiques, Congress Street Auction House and BBQ. At the time, he voiced an opinion many in town have echoed: “People have to have a reason to come downtown. And we haven’t had that.”
Haslett believes deeply in this town and the revival so many are working towards.
It was nearly a century ago that this paper, when it was known as the News and Herald, published a similar sentiment on the need for business and organization.
“We wonder sometimes why it is that some other community or small town moves ahead more than we do and leaves us behind in the race for progressiveness. And yet the answer to our wonderment is within ourselves if we could only see it.”
Winnsboro, much like South Carolina and to an extent the nation, has been hard hit with the loss of business, industry, and jobs. Part of this is due to policies that bring companies in with incentives, but does little to keep in the area. Part of this is due to residents taking their hard earned money to Columbia rather than spending locally.
The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce has worked tirelessly in an effort to bring that revenue back. Terry Vickers said the Shop Fairfield First campaign looked to have been very successful again in 2015, but one month is just a first step in the right direction.
This community, when properly motivated, has proven it can be vocal, organized, and powerful. It must now take stock of its situation and act. We are capable and have the opportunities. We must simply become motivated and take action.
James Inabinet is the Customer Service Representative for The Herald Independent and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Views expressed in this column are those of the writer only and do not represent the newspaper’s opinion.