I have had the privilege of attending city council and planning commission meetings in cities throughout Saline County. I have seen the process of government â€śof the people, by the people and for the peopleâ€ť in motion with all its glory. I have also seen the darker, blemished side. I say this not in a derogatory sense but given the nature of the statement, I could see how others may conclude as such. I say it to show there is balance in all things. Conflict is not always a bad thing. Conflict that leads to better ideas is healthful. Conflict that leads to division and mistrust is not.