Candidate Profile: Edward "Buddy" Gish
by S. Alan Reed
May 10, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Edward “Buddy” Gish, running for the Democratic nomination for Magistrate of District 3 says that he is a believer in the community. “I have made my home here by choice for almost 24 years, and I wouldn’t live anywhere else. I’m 100 percent American. I believe in democracy, our way of life and our military.” Gish added that he has traveled across the USA and chose Trigg County because it is the best place to live, and now he has decided to give back to the community by being a member of a governing body.

Gish retired from the rail road, which he is grateful for the security they provide to him. “Without that security, I could not offer myself to the county (as a magistrate) to make a better and brighter future for the people to follow.”

Discussing his platform, Gish said, “Water is the lifeline of any community. Right now, we are managed by two water districts. That could stand for improvement. We should consolidate them into 1 good water system, to take care of twice our current population. If we do not take action now, the Federal Government will step in, and we will be consumed by a larger group. If the public is willing and not forced into this action, they will be more accepting of this,” he said to address his concern of the local water supply.

“I am also concerned with the appearance with our roads and highways. There are visitors from out-of-town and out-of-state who come to Trigg County looking for a place to raise their family or start a business. It is not acceptable to see property that is overgrown, run down or dilapidated,” he said of his belief that the fiscal court should take a more active role in fighting litter and maintaining property standards. “We have the abilities and resources to prevent this, but the laws are not worth a dime if they are not enforced.”

Gish also said that the county’s youth should be encouraged to stay in the county, with both jobs and recreational facilities. “The youth of today will be running the country tomorrow. We need to look for jobs and employment to keep them here. Right now, kids are ending up in Hopkinsville, Chicago or Baltimore- elsewhere. We need to keep them here in Trigg County. The community needs more recreational facilities. If not more, then better. What we have has been allowed to reach an all-time low. The pool is pathetic. Other cities have (good facilities), but people here have not stepped up to bat to do what needs to be done to protect it.” Gish then added, “Through kids, parents see what is available in terms of activities. If parents see good facilities, they will in turn encourage their children to get involved in more activities.”

The youth of the county remained a focal point for Gish. “I believe in good schools with more discipline. Today, there is a lack of respect among kids. Teachers should not be slaves to children. We need a stricter discipline policy and a tougher dress code. I know I am taking an unpopular stand, but need to get this point across.

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