CHEERS - To positive energy. Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort and others of his generation need to be listened to, not just heard, but listened to. There is a big difference. His recent State of the County address was one filled with positive optimism based on realism, and it came with suggestions and goals. Unfortunately, one of the first things that was heard was "well, he is young and naive, just wait till he finds out how things really are." If this was said once, it was one time too many. Matt's professionalism, energy and visionary optimism must not only be embraced, but it should become a widespread attitude that will move our region forward. If you are a person who believes our region cannot become more prosperous, you should move or mute your voice. The rest can work diligently with a leadership that sees our region as half-full, if not overflowing.