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David Melson

Voting for the voters: Always best?

Posted Friday, January 18, 2008, at 9:16 AM
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  • do we not elect some one because we think that person will do a good job representing us, (the people). Atleast that is how I make the choice for whom I vote for. But I have been known to be wrong before.

    -- Posted by Bill H on Fri, Jan 18, 2008, at 11:21 AM
  • On important issues, I could see an elected official going against the will of the people. The "majority" has been known to be wrong many times in the past. A simple "majority rule" government would be just as dangerous as a dictatorship. The government should protect our individual rights no matter how many people disagree with us.

    But on an issue such as the local school dress code, I don't think it is important enough to go against the will of the people in our community. It's not like a disaster is going to happen if they don't pass it.

    -- Posted by Richard on Fri, Jan 18, 2008, at 2:24 PM
  • Shouldn't we have been asked if we wanted to send refugees $43 billion dollars last year? What about the $52 billion to non-profits to doormat the refugees on our community without our permission? It seems we are in the dark about the money we are paying via taxes.

    Shouldn't we know? Why are our delegates not posting the information on their websites about upcoming meetings and appointments regarding laws, policies and amendments? Do we not have a right to know? Why do we need to keep looking in the nooks and crannies to get any answers to questions regarding anything?

    -- Posted by Evil Monkey on Fri, Jan 18, 2008, at 3:31 PM
  • There needs to be a reality-based mutual trust.

    Officials should believe enough in their constituents to discuss real issues,give them pertinent information and listen to their views,their requests and responses.

    The voters need to choose people who are honest,intelligent,hardworking and courageous.

    They need to be certain that these individuals and those they appoint will serve the community in an efficient and ethical manner.

    If either side dismisses the other as unworthy to determine the fate of the community,then the whole town suffers.

    The voters have the most responsibility because they put folks in office.

    Those they elect have a responsibility to give those they serve all the power they can handle-and insist they they grow to meet the challenge.

    If we want to influence our government,we need to know our representatives,know the issues,show up at meetings,make our opinions known and even take on responsible positions ourselves.

    If we want to be the ones that guide and implement policies,we need to build the kind of informed and active community that will be our partners and not just our employers or our pawns.

    We can't just have faith in one another.

    We have to have trust that is deserved and well-founded.

    If that doesn't exist,then we have an obligation to make that happen before we start working on any other projects.

    -- Posted by quantumcat on Sun, Jan 20, 2008, at 3:31 PM
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