We’ve been inundated with the news of governmental changes since President Obama took office. There are new faces all over Capitol Hill. New names to learn. New opinions to consider. New fears to lose sleep over. But I don’t pay attention to most of it. I have no influence over those people. I have no voice once the presidential election is over.
Here, in this little town, is where my voice can still be heard. I went to the city council meeting earlier in the week and watched as they finished up their terms. I listened, I talked, and I came home feeling like I am part of an ongoing process to improve our community. The council has angered me at times and amused me often. However, I have always admired them for putting their lives on the line and doing something while so many other residents are content to just sit around and complain.
Now we have a new council ready to try their hand at local government. Sue Ann Johnson, Samantha Perry, Gary Wayne Runt Boehme, and Kenneth Whorton will join Betty Parker to solve water and trash problems, grapple with zoning issues, entice new businesses, protect citizens, balance the budget, and envision our future. I think each of them is sincere in their desire to do what is best for our town and I look forward to working with them.