City must come together to succeed

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 8, 2000

After what seemed like a long, long campaign, the municipal race is over, and F.L. &uot;Hank&uot; Smith was the victor. Smith, a Democrat, became the next Natchez mayor Tuesday in an overwhelming landslide against independent Robert Costa.

In recent weeks we’ve seen a split in Natchez, and it’s one that needs to end. On one side are the people who backed the incumbent, Mayor Larry L. &uot;Butch&uot; Brown; on the other were those who wanted a change.

Our political process works well because we put such matters as who will lead the city’s team to a vote.

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The voters have spoken, and the time for fussing and disagreements is gone. Political jargon and jabs need to be left at the door. Now we must all pull up the campaign signs, peel off the bumper stickers and remember that we’ve all got one thing in common. And it’s an important thing — we’re all Natchezians.

As the city’s administration begins this important transition phase, we all need to roll up our sleeves and get down to the business of keeping our community alive and prosperous.

Smith and the members of the Natchez Board of Aldermen have a big task ahead of them in maintaining the course and improving what is already a wonderful city.

Each member of the city government must decide that they will work hard to continue making good things happen for Natchez.

Dozens of projects — ranging in size from the construction of the downtown convention center to the daily work to improve curbs, sidewalks and streets throughout the city — will continue to need attention.

Like most of you, we want what is best for Natchez. And right now that’s for everyone to agree that we’re all riding on the same bus. We can worry about the destination later.