Make your voice heard in the next municipal elections
I’ve discovered over the decade and more that these ramblings have appeared in The Bulletin that far more people than I ever imagined actually read my words (Gulp).
At first, I thought this forced me to make sure the spellcheck feature was still working, but kidding aside, I realized no matter what form our conversations take, the important thing is that we have them and continue to have them.
A while ago I mentioned the various agencies, boards, commissions and committees across town that needed volunteers and your answers ranged from “who needs all this aggravation?” “And” where do I register? To ‘it wouldn’t make any difference anyway.’
In the latter case, whether you think you can or not, you are always right. The sky is not the limit; YOUR sky is the limit. And that’s the difference.
There are municipal elections this fall for the municipal treasurer, the mayor, the city council and the school board; and we each have a role to play. If you think we are headed in the right direction, then do what you can to strengthen that belief. This could range from educating yourself better as a voter, buying a lawn sign, or contributing to a neighbor who has volunteered as a candidate. And, if you feel that a change of course is what it takes, then you should be part of it in whatever form you can offer.
Government is not something made to us, but rather for us. We see the world so much through prisms and filters from a particular political or ideological perspective that we literally cannot see the forest because we are focusing on a specific tree.
Here in municipal government, at the most local level of democracy, it should be easier to build consensus. Like elsewhere, we have Democrats and Republicans and each has a platform of ideas that, by design or serendipity, must also appeal a little more than their own members if they hope to have a role in the march. in front of the city.
But the space between these ideas in terms of effort and implementation is where each of us can do well and leave our mark. But you need to be registered to vote and then you need to keep an open mind and heart when weighing and measuring proposals and platforms.
American democracy is not for the faint of heart and it has been true since the very beginning of our country, whose anniversary we celebrated just a month ago (already?), But sometimes we remember the times better. monumental events as worldly miracles that made these milestones possible. We have to win the day, every day, to have a successful year.
A critical part of regaining the morale and momentum we had here before COVID-19 is for each of us to re-commit to making Norwich the best possible place for our families and friends to come home.
Stop missing and mourning what we don’t have and instead look for allies and cohorts to help us build back better and bigger for everyone. Because everything we have, are, and ever will be ultimately depends on who we choose to become. But first you have to choose, or we all lose.
Bill Kenny, of Norwich, writes a weekly column on Norwich’s problems. His blog, Tilting at Windmills, can be found at NorwichBulletin.com.