OPINION: More than Victor Hill

There is more to Clayton County than Victor Hill.

Regardless of what you think of Victor and his Victorisms, the fact is that Clayton County is a diverse community of young and old, rich and poor, natives and non-natives that deserve to be known for more than the antics of one individual.

If you mention Clayton County in the metro-Atlanta region the first reaction you get is most often, “So, what about Victor Hill?”

Clearly, Victor has strong support in Clayton County.

He, most obviously, is a part of Clayton County.

However, he is not the only part, or even the best part.

He is just one part.

Victor has said that he has grown and matured.

Of course, he also in the next breath made yet another of his Biblical comparisons, this time comparing himself to Jonah.

If Hill wants to be taken seriously and viewed as a professional, he will move beyond that kind of rhetoric.

It is a shame that it is this kind of thing, along with the scandals, shenanigans and legal charges, that dominates evening newscasts.

The county voted for Victor Hill.

Unless he is convicted of at least one felony, it looks like the county will get Victor Hill.

That is the way the electoral process works and the way it should work.

Regardless of what you think, what the media thinks or what other elected officials think, the majority of Clayton County voters said they want Hill and they did something about it.

They voted.

The election is over.

Victor Hill has the opportunity to move beyond the theatrics, reinvent himself again and perhaps establish a different kind of legacy.

Only time will tell.

In the meantime, Clayton County has a rich history to celebrate and has a challenging future to shape.

We are not blind nor looking through rose-colored glasses.

Clayton County’s problems are not just image problems.

Without doubt there is a crime problem.

Everyone knows there are serious economic problems.

Problems can either be viewed as just problems or as opportunities.

When citizens look at the existing problems in Clayton County, if they chose to see those things as opportunities, they will work hard to address issues and rise above the fray to help make their community a better place to live.

Waiting on government to fix everything in life will always prove to be an endless wait.

Community volunteerism, neighborhood watch programs, charitable donations and work, church involvement, attendance at and input at public meetings, are just a few of the ways that ordinary citizens can impact Clayton County in very positive ways.

Clayton County may be known, in part, as Victor Hill’s domain.

However, it can also be known as so much more.

  • Editor Jim Zachary