One of the hazards of doing editorials twice a week for more than eight years is that you risk developing a reputation as a negative guy who always has an axe to grind. But the truth is, I'm one of the most positive people you're likely to meet – and with good reason.

I have a wonderful family and very interesting friends. I live in a great city where people frequently stop me and say "Hello." I have an exciting job where I'm surrounded by scores of some of the most capable and caring people I've ever met.

So why am I so frequently criticizing the things I think are wrong with our community?

Because if we want to preserve what we love most, it's critical that we never get complacent. As soon as we decide things are "good enough" and start to overlook the flaws that prevent us from being even better -- that's when things begin to deteriorate.

And once that happens, it's hard to reverse direction.

I don't take our local leaders and institutions to task because I think they're contemptible. I do it because I prefer to expect excellence rather than settle for mediocrity.

You certainly don't have to agree with me all the time, but as long as Point of View stimulates public discussion that helps maintain our positive momentum as a community, I think it's fulfilling its purpose.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.