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Elections are funny things. Most Americans don’t vote or even choose to be involved in the process until they become angry about something, whether real or perceived.
Let’s face it, what the average citizen knows about what is going on it's usually learned “over the fence” by someone that doesn’t like what they believe to be happening or more likely has an agenda to do something self serving.
A visit to a City Hall can be a lot like sitting at the airport, watching the various people come and go while listening in on the conversations.
Sometimes the loudest words get our attention while actually communicating nothing of real value only an idea or attitude about what should or shouldn’t happen in their opinion.
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It is after the ballots are counted that we find out what we are really stuck with.
Some candidates on the ballot in the Annetta election and their supporters have served before, sometimes for years in various roles claiming to have knowledge and understanding that is useful. Well, I guess that deserves a deeper look.
What happened during those earlier years of serving? Unbridled growth? Deteriorating Roads and infrastructure? Property values decreasing?
Weak and ineffective ordinances that are constantly challenged in court? Was there ever a plan on how to deal with growth and the future or did these officials that ultimately decided in some way your quality of life now ever have a plan at all?
Is their intent if elected any different this time or is it an effort to “cover their tracks” after being exposed as poor planners? Do they say “if only they would listen” or “maybe I should listen”?
Watch a man’s feet if you want to know where he stands. Lip service is cheap and often forgotten after the votes are counted. Who supports them and who do they support?
I was always told growing up: “You are who you run with”, so maybe a little deeper research is warranted. Ask direct questions and look at their past record. Do a little internet search on them or get the actual minutes of meetings from city hall.
The truth will eventually always find its way to the light of day, but can we stand the wait?
-Bruce Pinckard, Annetta