Just Thinking – Where is our Civic pride?

March 6, 2014

How many people care about their Government, and its leaders? How many are concerned about the services, and protection we have?  I am ashamed to say that not many people care enough about their community to get involved.  Your leaders don’t know your desire unless you make your desires known.

Too many people don’t have, or take time to get informed about how our government, and I include all levels, State, county, and Townships, is being run. They let a few people who have the loudest voice, and with a pushy attitude, determine the direction that the leaders should go.

If only more informed people, and not just a couple of people, but a good cross reference of the community would attend, the meetings of their officials and make their voice and opinion  heard, then things could change. Our government, our state our township, would take on a position of by the people and for the people.

It’s true that we need to question our leaders. We need to question their motives, their direction, and their qualifications to lead. We need to demand answers, and not put down those that want to know.  We need to know how our money is being spent.  Just because there is a surplus, and I’m not saying there is one, does not give license to spend the extra on projects that someone thinks is a good Idea.  I think people need to be aware of and have a say in where it is spent.

A community is only as good as its citizens, and uncaring citizens have a community that shows neglect and decay.  A citizen that cares and takes pride in their community will not only take care of their own yard but help keep their streets and surrounding area looking good.  Citizens that care about their community will get involved, and will spearhead projects and events, to change the face of their community.

They will attend Township meeting, community improvement meeting, and let their voice be heard with Ideas, and suggestions about how to make their community a better place to live.  They will not point their fingers and say let him or her do it. But will, as John Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country.”

I love my community, but I’m not happy about all the crime, and blight that is in it. It could be a nice peaceful, pleasant place to live out my latter years, if more people would get involved. Get to know you leaders, their vision for your community, and how they plan to augment it.  Then if it is reasonable, and cost worthy support it and work with it.

If it is unreasonable then let your leaders know and don’t blindly accept their ideas or opinions.

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