Letter to the editor | Time to step up

October 8, 2013 

Most everyone I speak to is tired of the gridlock among our government officials — federal, state and local.

The problem is that most of us like to complain but rarely take the initiative to do the necessary research for factual, unbiased information, let alone sit down to craft a letter or send an email or make a phone call.

Our government is broken, and that’s a problem. Problems require solutions, and being part of the solution requires work.

With so many people unemployed right now, one would think this would be a no-brainer. But here goes: Get involved.

Make an appointment with your local officials. Attend a school board meeting. Call your congressman and your senator. Start by uncovering the facts and not relying on mainstream media or biased news-papers that spoon-feed misinformation.

Question everything and then take action.

Our government is broken and it’s no one’s fault but ours. Being a part of a positive solution is a lofty goal, and it’s a goal that is worth the effort it takes to get off the couch.

Many opportunities exist for communicating with government officials: town hall calls, meetings that are open to the public.

Pick up the telephone and make an appointment! Find something you are passionate about, such as liquor privatization, tax reform or education, and be a positive part of the solution.

Marcie Lynch

Spring Mills

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