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Educate The Public In Local Government

March 28, 2013

Few people not connected directly to municipal government understand how it works. That can lead to misunderstandings, lost opportunities and avoidable problems....

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Mar-30-13 7:34 AM

It is a good idea to have a class on local government to educate the people. I know I do not understand a lot of what is going on most of the time.

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Mar-29-13 11:29 AM

Voter participation is not the problem. With absentee ballots anyone can participate. The problem is low information voters who, out of total ignorance, vote for the very things that keep them down. It takes too much effort to read and understand factual information and then make a decision to do the right thing. The talking media is not much help either.They seldom ask the right questions and are most often politically slanted. Attend meetings (city, county, etc.). Ask questions about where the money is coming from to pay for programs. Is it sustainable? A healthy America demands more of citizens than just casting a vote every now and then. We have to actively face our social and political problems and demand that our youth get involved in the process as well. This can't happen in school. It has to start in the home.

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Mar-29-13 8:28 AM

It is taught but it is taught to children not when your an adult. Children pay attention for "the test". Then we go on. Now you call for education to do even more while fully supporting cuts in education-what we have here is a failure to communicate. Our nation is totally dependent upon citizen participation. That is why we have the government we have right now, its what we have worked for. The people that actually vote generally care about something government is doing in there lives. Our citizens are much too busy watching tv, relaxing after a stressful day at work (if they have a job, can find a job)so we get people that want a good government hopefully participating. You want more participating then you better come up with a better idea than schools its your job. How about requiring ID but eliminating advanced registration for voting how about a week of voting in elections instead of one day. This will increase voter participation so is that what you really want.

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Mar-28-13 2:20 PM

I actually think this should be part of high school curriculum. Much more important than some more obscure points of U.S. history (war of 1812, etc.). People really need to understand how our government works, what it means when you vote on a bond issue, etc. Most people know parts of it, but really very few people understand everything that they are called to vote upon. With all the tough problems we are facing, this is one thing that can be fixed!

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Mar-28-13 9:34 AM

Problem is, elections are held by party vote instead of what the person brings to the table.

Most don't know the full operations of government other than roads plowed and maintained, police and fire protection.

I'm sure some don't even know that court cost and how much administration cost are.

There should be no such thing as party politics in local government!

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Mar-28-13 7:46 AM

There are several good government groups in the area that do teach this already. LOWV, TARA, STTPP just to name a few.

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Mar-28-13 6:52 AM

Do it in English.

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Mar-28-13 5:50 AM

Good editorial. Would provide for informed citizens/voters. As long as it is not used as a political tool to garner voter support for elected or appointed officials.

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Mar-28-13 5:39 AM

Excellent Idea! No partisan hack should be teaching it.

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