PUBLISHED: 2/24/2013 10:42 AM |  Print |   E-mail | Viewed: times

LETTER: Let voices be heard on City matters

There are two new faces on the N.A. City Council, Dickert and McGee. Pat Carpenter went back in, and Mayor Jones won by a landslide. He was unopposed. "Landslide Lark." That's kind of catchy. To have no opposition shows one of three things: 1. people are satisfied with your performance; 2. people don't care about what's going on; 3. folks didn't know there was an election being held.

I did a little research, and the approximate population of N.A. in 2011 was 21,435. Out of that number, I came up with 11,619 registered voters for the N.A. precincts. That means (if my math is correct) that 4 percent of the total population and 8 percent of the registered voters elected three City Council members. That's based on a total of 968 people voting. I think all the council members and the mayor are Republicans. I thought about running as a Democrat just for the heck of it, but I figured I'd have to keep on running as in "out of town" with a lot of people chasing me.

Folks, we've got a lot of things going on in N.A. with this Jackson Project being the biggest one. I talked to the two new council members, and they were still "on the fence," as one told me about the project. Well, being we're facing a $50 million bond issue to help build pay for it (that's up from $43 million), I hope they will jump to one side or other of the fence.

I would strongly suggest that if N.A. citizens care about their town and their taxes, they had better make their voices heard about the Jackson Project and any other concerns about their city.

It will be too late to voice your feelings when the bulldozers start plowing up the trees.

A reporter once asked a man on the street if it was ignorance or apathy that kept people from being informed about a certain political issue. The man replied, "I don't know, and I don't care."

We should never allow his statement to apply to us. Remember, our elected officials work for us, not the other way around. And that goes all the way from city councils to the White House.

Harry Thomason