Make a difference locally

Monday, October 5, 2015

When you live in an area of the country that doesn't receive a lot of attention from the outside world, it's easy to feel disconnected from it.

It's easy to become disinterested in national government or issues affecting people you will never meet, because those things are not staring you in the face everyday when you leave your house.

Maybe it's true one person can't affect change on a national or global level, but one person can create change in the community in which they live. Look around your city, town or county and decide what you believe needs to change.

Is there something going on that you feel is unjust? Change it. Is there an action being taken by local government that you feel is the wrong decision? Voice your opinion and stop it.

There are options at the local level for people who want to take an active role in the decisions being made for their community. During city council and county supervisor meetings there is a time for any citizen to stand and give his or her opinion on any matter they choose.

Take that opportunity and turn it into a tool to create the change you wish to see in your corner of the world. That is democracy -- the right of any citizen to create change in our society and right any wrong they feel needs to be corrected. Government officials work for the people. They are our representatives and employees.

However, until you tell them what your opinion is on any matter, they cannot properly represent you. We urge our readers to take part in your local government and allow your truth to be heard. Because until you stand up for yourself, no one will fight for what you believe.