It's budget time in the city and county, which makes for what seems like a long month for those involved. We have a lot of money to manage here, but lots of places where it is rightfully needed.
Remember, it is your right to attend those monthly government meetings. I suggest, often.
I cover city council at the city courtroom, where there's a vast space of non citizenry each month. I don't know the reason, unless people feel council doesn't listen?
Is it true you can't fight city hall? Perhaps people have grown comfortable with leaving municipal leaders to their own devices?
I'm not in the peoples' heads. I'm glad in some cases, I'm not.
Here's what I do know. Often reporters see government leaders left to their own devices on everything from repairing broken pipes to expanding city parks. When the hard and fast decisions are made, sometimes the fallout reeks of unpleasantry, or stinks, to some involved.
Read comments on the Times-Gazette Facebook page this week.
This I do know; you can't fix the ills of a town-one in which most of you pay taxes-if you sit at home on meeting nights watching television. Who cares anyway? You should.
Granted, there is likely waste in some areas of all government. The real thing is, we are all human, which constitutes differing ideas of what builds a better mousetrap.
You can't take ideas away from people. You can, and should, however, try to help government improve upon those ideas.
If local leadership competency is your issue, cause I've read that on Facebook this week too, then research before you go to the polls. Better yet, read the T-Gs coverage of meetings and events, which I will defend down-to-the ground is not that fake news.
This county has a lot of good things going on right now. If you don't believe it, stew on Murfreesboro City's recent 36 percent property tax increase. Be glad that you're not about to write that check for a home worth $200,000.
Oh, and don't forget to write your wheel tax check. Wait! That's right. Bedford County doesn't have one!
The thing is, being proactive is always the best choice of standard for government. Moving ahead in a positive manner, coupled with citizenry wants and needs, is a win-win.
On a sunnier note than politics, as we head into the first humid weekend of summer, here are some of my weekly T-G calendar picks.
Farmers Market opens 2:30 p.m. Thursdays at Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration pavilion. There's also a Bell Buckle one.
Check out cute little Carrington Lorrance of Normandy on the front page of Thursday's T-G. She was helping her papa at last week's Shelbyville Farmers Market.
Speaking of gardening, I'm striving for cleaner eating. My daughter had some leftover garden seeds which she shared. Here's hoping.
My 4-year-old granddaughter is keeping tally of what I've planted. Thanks, baby girl! “Meme's” greatest challenge at the moment involves Peter Rabbit and friends.
Incidentally, “Peter Rabbit-Mr. McGregor's Garden” is, and will always be, one of my favorite children's book.
Any humane hints, besides covering with wire, for scaring away rabbits? I see them camping out, waiting for my squash blossoms.
When you get through with those garden chores Saturday, take a drive over to Halls Mill Triangle Club for a brand new horse show. Much love and Godspeed to the ladies in charge.
Last, but not least, there's a great little group, Angel Wing Ministry of the Shelbyville Church on West Lane Street, having a free clothing and food give-a-way today.
Shelbyville Community Soup Kitchen is another great group of folks who help “the least of these.” Congrats on your recent gift of the Save-A-Lot building! Great things are going to happen.
Prayers go out to the Rev. Lanita Monroe on her move back home to Fairfield Glade from First United Methodist Shelbyville! Thanks for everything!
Let's work together, not apart, like these folks “helping the least of these.”
Building a more decisive and supportive community is not a pipe dream.
Keep the faith!