The value of citizen input
To the Editor:
Whether you purchase the printed edition of the local newspapers or go online to read the e-edition, it remains the primary source of information to what is happening around town.
Freedom of the press is still precious to a free society let allows debate to create the form we desire for our government of the people. No government should be allowed to exist that would isolate it’s business from the press or the people. We are all equal under our constitution and all voices are needed to operate our form of government. From this we create rules that all can trust to be right for all.
To appreciate how citizen input can produce a trustworthy government, one can attend a Rumford select board meeting where any and all citizens are welcomed to the podium to address the select board with questions and comments about the topics being debated at the moment. This integration of citizens within the process of decision making is foundation to the goodwill between town officials and the people who provide the resources that keep the town officials.
If during the course of political endeavors, the citizenry is cast as an opponent and required to remain silent as town business is conducted, then exposure to tyranny is presently upon us all.