Blue Star

Walls and Bridges
By: 
Scott Sullivan
We can—even must—stay true to our beliefs and still work with others who think differently. E pluribus unum means “out of many, one”: our consensus-based government depends on it.

John Lennon issued his fifth post-Beatles album “Walls and Bridges” in 1974 during his 18-month separation from Yoko Ono, a time he called his “lost weekend.”

Its title referred to the barriers Lennon felt he had built between himself and others and his hope to surmount them. “Walls keep you in either protectively or otherwise, and bridges get you somewhere else,” he said.

Last week’s hullabaloo about Wendy Wise Fisher resigning from Saugatuck City Council brought “Walls and Bridges” to mind again.

Fisher took office last fall with barriers up already and wasted little time raising more of them. Did she need them to distinguish and protect herself from and against other council members? Did she understood they might have their own walls and reasons for them? Bridges may have served her, them and the city better.

For full story, pick up a copy of the April 3 issue of The Commercial Record or subscribe to the e-edition.

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