Today I received an email from a friend. The friend has read the blog and commented how confusing government is. The friend is not alone in this assessment. It is confusing.
There are layers and layers of government, little or no accountability, and transparency – don’t even think about it.
I was taught in school the people are the government, yet how many of us are in the dark on what is happening, who is making the decisions and why? It should not be this way.
Take our county and city government as an example. Unless you are privy to some of the “closed door” sessions or spend your time attending every conceivable meeting, the average Joe has very little knowledge of the good and bad our elected officials are planning.
We can’t expect our local newspapers to report, they are lacking in resources and the really important issues never seem to make the news.
Mayor Mac, regardless of your thoughts on her, has tried very hard to make the administration transparent. We see how well that has worked. Yet, the county is so quiet, and one can only wonder what is up with them. Give me an open and honest government any day of the week.
How can we make an informed vote at the polls? How can we know if our tax money is spent wisely? How can we gauge the progress of our elected officials? Shouldn’t all of this and more be made available, shouldn’t it be a norm instead of an exception?
Who do we call when we need assistance? The township trustees, the mayor’s office, county commissioners or do we contact any number of unknown names and departments?
How do we clean up the corruption and restore confidence in our government again? How do we cure the disease of apathy which has pervaded the good citizens of Delaware County?
These are my thoughts (you can get your own):
Government and how it is run is our responsibility. We can no longer allow our elected officials to make every decision for us. We must stay as informed as possible, we must catch hold of “We the People”, we must take ownership and pride once again.
This ends the 2nd of a series on “Saturday Morning Ramblings”.
God bless you all, and let’s get to work!