To the Readers' Forum:
When people are voted into office in county or state legislatures, or on various boards, each person swears to work together, as a whole, to make needed changes for all the people. Is that happening? From reading the news articles, I would have to say ''no.'' When they're supposedly working together, opinions are expressed from all sides and things look good. So, what happens when its time to vote on topics discussed? Each one votes along party lines with a couple people who could make a difference, deciding to be absent the nights the votes are taken. All their actions are deliberate and no changes are made.
It seems to me those voting along party lines are afraid to vote any other way because they don't want to admit ideas, coming from the other side, are better than theirs thereby admitting to those who elected them that their ideas weren't as good. So, they stick to party lines when voting on needed changes. Don't they realize needed changes will benefit themselves and their families as well as those who elected them? Don't t hey realize they are reneging on their promises to make things better?
Reneging on a promise is like telling a kid he/she can have a new bike for a birthday or Christmas, then when that time comes to give it, the parent has all kids of excuses why the kid didn't get it. A big let-down for t he kind who waited so long to get a brand new bike! The parent doesn't realize that promises to that kid later, about anything, will not be believed. Yep, that's the way kids think. And that's the way I think.
Helen S. Reynolds