GUEST COLUMNIST: U.S. 90 connector will help fuel prosperity

Published: Monday, January 21, 2013 at 06:09 PM.

Foy Shaw — a community leader with great vision, patience and eternal optimism — started his moving and storage business in 1956, and over the years added more than just jobs to the Crestview community.

He was a force and an inspiration most worthy of the programs that live on in his name, including the annual scholarship through the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce, an organization he loved and nurtured.

Foy always said we should welcome some changes and others not so much. The long-awaited resolution to the fiscal cliff turned out to be pretty close to the worst-case scenario. The impact of tax increases has become a painful reality for an overwhelming majority of our citizens.

So much for the song-and-dance routine about taxing “millionaires and billionaires.”

The boys and girls in Washington have targeted the average citizen — as they always have — when they want more money. The average citizen will have less cash for the foreseeable future.

The average citizen — unlike the federal government — has to balance his budget and can’t keep borrowing more and more money.

In many U.S. communities, jobs are likely to shrink. Okaloosa County is in better shape than most to weather this economic drought. Our traditional tourism and defense industries will not wither overnight, and continued good stewardship of these economic sectors will minimize downturns.

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