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Earned Opinions - bigbumble
January 15th, 2007
09:28 pm


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Earned Opinions
As you no doubt are aware, David had his political opinions. Of course everyone has a right to a political opinion, but I am particularly irritated by people who voice a strident opinion and then admit they never vote.

Ever since Dave and I built houses in Otsego 10 years ago we have regularly attended Commission meetings. Eventually we were appointed to the elected officials pay commission. (And yes, we voted at all the elections, big and small.) No, not the major national issues of the day, just the little stuff like: Are our streets in good repair? Is the water supply safe and adequate? Do we have adequate fire and police protection? On and on.

I just attended the first Otsego City Commission without Dave. The mayor held a moment of silence in honor of him before the Pledge of Allegiance. David had earned the right to his political rants.

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Date:January 17th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
You know, it's not just politics. It's about anything. People like to complain a lot, but few like to actually become involved in fixing a problem. Sure, sometimes one complains precisely BECAUSE one has no control over something, but many times one has. I believe taking part in making your local community better is a right and a responsibility, but not one many ever act on.

I admit to having no energy left from work for city-town politics/committees. I was once on the board of my townhouse and, sorry, I simply can't talk about allowable shades of brown paint (or the equivalent) for over an hour. I'm over 40. My time is too precious! ;-) I do however volunteer at/for various gardens/natural areas/wildlife organizations. That's what I do to make my local area a little better place. Eh yep.

Hope all is well (as can be expected) for you otherwise.
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