2013-11-02 / Editorials & Letters

Are you involved?


On Tuesday we go to the polls again. For Millersport, it’s a foregone conclusion. There are four council members running for four seats; and the only other purely local issue is a replacement Levy that is as close to a sure thing as there is.

So after Tuesday, it’s OK to stop paying attention, right? The people we elected are taking care of business, so there’s nothing to worry about, right?

Well, maybe. Or maybe not. How would you know? Let me rephrase that: How would YOU know? Sure, you read The Beacon and you talk to folks around town, but does that really mean you know what’s going on? Are you sure?

When is the last time you attended a council meeting, held on the second Tuesday of each month? When is the last time you were there to see for yourself? When is the last time YOUR voice was heard?

Did you know that there are plans in the works to try to grow Millersport, bring in new families and eventually try to bring in new business and jobs? Are they good plans or bad? If you’re a voter, shouldn’t you already know? Shouldn’t you be PART of the process?

If you’re reading this, please understand... This isn’t about Party affiliation. It’s about participating in the level of government at which you are supposed to be the MOST engaged.

If there is one thing that the mess in Mordor on the Potomac proves, it’s that it is not safe to place government on cruise control and then turn your back on it; and that’s true of EVERY level of government, not just Washington.

When Ben Franklin, after the Convention of 1787 was asked; “What have you given us?” he replied; “A republic, if you can keep it.” He wasn’t worried about outside threats, he was worried about The People failing in their civic obligation to stay involved.

So... are you involved?

Eric Scher

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