One of the benefits of having moved around more than a handful of times is having a bit of perspective. When you live in a community and to boot, when you publish a newspaper in that community, it doesn’t take long to develop a point of view about the place, people and politics in that community. Everywhere I’ve lived has been unique, but most had their share of challenges.
Since taking the helm of Lebanon Publishing Co. in late September, I’ve had the fortune of witnessing first hand, and many times in print, what makes Wilson County so special. That’s not to say this place doesn’t have its challenges, but let me assure you that there are other communities that would give anything to have a slice of the Wilson County pie.
Frustrations I’ve had in many cities and counties has been the lack of leadership – or vision. Nothing drives me crazier than someone doing something the same way just because that’s the way it has always been. We all know the definition of insane, is doing the same thing over and over yet expecting different results. Believe me in many towns across America, that’s a good representation of local governments. I feel confident enough to believe that’s not true here in Lebanon and Wilson County. From my limited exposure, I feel good about the leadership in our cities and county and believe they recognize that “progress” isn’t a bad word. Furthermore, it seems that the leadership here, including the chamber of commerce and economic development teams are working hand-in-hand on many projects and endeavors. All of which, bode well for this place we call home.
There’s plenty I’ve seen that impresses me and has me thrilled about moving my family to Wilson County. Although I could argue that the amenities, including but not limited to the parks and playgrounds, Cumberland University, or the low crime rate, as reasons why it’s smart for me to move the Lindsey clan to this community. Perhaps the best of indicators when considering that this is a great community is by the sort of people who make it up. I’m pleased to say that the best of all the qualities I’ve seen so far is that here in Wilson County, there are the most welcoming of people here. Friendly, generous, kind, with a splash of southern hospitality seems to be just the right mix.
From what I can tell so far, most of the folks I’ve met have a sincere desire for what’s best for Lebanon and Wilson County. Unlike some places where most people prefer to yell from the sidelines, I think it’s apparent that there’s a good faction of folks who are willing to get out on the field to make something happen. It’s communities with a foundation of people with drive and passion that succeed. Remember – perspective. Helen Keller had perspective too. One of my favorite phrases is one she shared many years ago – “The only thing worse than being blind, is having sight but no vision.” There’s no arguing that Lebanon and Wilson County has a vision. I’m excited about how our newspaper company and I personally can help reach that vision and more.
I hope you’ll find that in the coming weeks and months here at The Democrat and LPC, and we will always put the community’s best interest first and foremost. I’m looking forward to meeting more of our readers and community members. In the meantime, please feel free to let me know how we’re doing and what we can do better. My door is always open.
Jesse Lindsey is the vice president and publisher of Lebanon Publishing Co., The Lebanon Democrat, The Mt. Juliet News, The Hartsville Vidette. He can be reached by email at email@example.com.