Want advice on where we go after the political debacle that was 2016? How about taking a look at our city’s flag. Read the words closely: “Juncta Juvant.” I wish I saw our flag hanging in people’s windows more often. I wish that everywhere I looked I was reminded of the idea that “unity assists.” I wish that there was more unity. This is a dire time; one in which we must hold steadfast and true in promoting compromise despite the political riffs we face across the board. We need to come together in unity to work on the subjects that matter most: our city’s children, their education, the continued economic development of our communities, enhancing our quality of life, promoting fiscal transparency and sensibility, and electing honest people who care more about their constituents more than the desires of political parties. 2016’s presidential candidates may not have been the best reflection of who we are, but 2017 is a new year. When orders are being barked down from the highest levels of our government, we have to remember that it’s the individuals, working together, whom create change at a local level. It’s not about power moves or a political tug of war, it’s about passion that drives progress for all people.
As a showing of good faith, I suggest we all fly our city’s flag proudly in our windows to remind anyone who passes that we want to sit down together, regardless of gender, race, orientation, or political party, and settle our differences for a Cincinnati that’s greater than it already is. I suggest we remember that unity can assist us all in becoming better, more enlightened, more productive members of our communities and Cincinnati as a whole.