Niagara Gazette


February 17, 2013

JACKIE DAVIS: Co-operation is necessary for the greater good


Niagara Gazette —

In his address, the mayor stated that more than 750,000 people visit Lockport for the concert series, and that the new recycling program has already saved the city nearly $500,000. None of these programs could have taken place without the co-operation of numerous entities. It takes more than one individual to make a successful city—it takes a community.

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama spoke often of the need for co-operation in Congress. He opened his remarks with a quote from President John F. Kennedy, “the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress. … It is my task, to report the State of the Union—to improve it is the task of us all.” 

The president further stated that “The American people …don’t expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. But they do expect us to put the nation’s interests before party. They do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can. … America moves forward only when we do so together; and that the responsibility of improving this union remains the task of us all.”

The need for co-operation in order to achieve the greater good for our nation is not new. If we are to strive for excellence in a country as vast and as diverse as our United States, we must find a way to work together — even when we don’t agree on absolutely everything.




Jackie Davis is an inspirational vocalist, musician and speaker with over 20 years of television broadcast experience. You can contact her at

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