There's a natural tendency for people to focus on 'what's wrong". That's natural, and helps
us look at what must be changed and concentrate on that task. But we also need to come together and meet on what
is right and good in our county.
Shenandoah County is a beautiful place, a gorgeous place to live.
Everyday we are treated to more of the Creator's splendors than many people see in a lifetime.
We are blessed with a rich history. From the iron forges that
steeled the American Revolution, to the breadbasket of the Civil War Confederacy, to the Civilian Conservation
Corps of the Great Depression; Shenandoah County has played a significant role in almost every age.
We have a tradition of self-reliance. We are decent and sensible
people who rightly desire to choose our own way for ourselves, our families, and our community. The people of Shenandoah
have repeatedly faced great difficulties and overcome them. We are far better prepared for uncertainties of the
new economy than other areas.
Growth will happen. Together we can meet the challenges to accommodate
more people while conserving our land and water. We must and we can, and there are more than enough examples to
guide us through that process.
Economic growth will happen. There are working models all through
America where the economy flourishes on a base of small enterprise, not factories. The resources are right here
under our noses, just waiting to be used.
We are at a unique time, a turning point.
We can continue to imitate the northern Virginia counties and let the county disintegrate into
sprawling miles of buildings and congestion; or we can determine to follow our own path to sustainable prosperity.
If we adhere to a foundation of common-sense Jeffersonian principles, foster an environment where
creative enterprise can grow and flourish, then the possibilities for Shenandoah County in the 21st Century are
I urge you to reach out for what is good, what is true, and what will endure. - Jim