... but I can't resist just a smidge of soapboxing this evening.
I just got back from presiding over our May village council meeting. I shan't go into the issues, but among other things I've spent a lot of the last month being accused by members of the public -- in both meetings and in the press -- of underhandedness because in our April meeting our council made a decision on an agenda item forwarded to us from one of our boards that literally ended with the words "... and send to council for a decision."
I seriously fear that a lot of people really don't understand how representational democracy works. It involves electing people to make decisions for your community as a whole. In fact, without going too deeply into some of the details, much of the system is set up to force your elected officials to make decisions. And decide they shall.
I also fear that the level of toxic cynicism about our government has grown to the point that some people are no longer capable of seeing when their government is working correctly. The level of cynicism and paranoia that I see on a regular basis around our village government is truly astonishing sometimes.
Mind you, other than a venomous 15-20 minutes of public comment, tonight's meeting was a good one filled with items of genuine import to our village. But good heavens, sometimes I get home and shake my head and wonder what has gone wrong with people's brains.
If it's been a while since you've done so, go attend one of your local government meetings, folks, and take a look at what they're up to for yourself. I think we'd all be a lot better off if more people really understood what's going on.