Good Enough For Government Work

I wonder if I have become smarter, or perhaps have realized that we will be judged by what we leave behind. Our personal legacy does matter to those around us. “Good enough for government work” as an expression between a busy father and a goofball son was a term of endearment, but in the adult world, as stewards of the public’s resources, we need a better attitude. My plea for all of us is to take the time to do the right thing. Beatrice Murphy, a wise lady at the age of 93, told me, “Try as you may, try as you might, things done by halves are never done right!”

Don Bessler is the Director of Parks, Open Space & Public Facilities for Longmont, Colo. He can be reached via e-mail at

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