Citizen dialog for transparent process by the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange
Unity or Participation? Norman Bennett v. Meredith Ellis
First Norman Bennett explained that the problem was that the community
needed to unite behind the VLCIA so investors wouldn’t be scared away (no video of that; sorry).
Then Meredith Ellis, who wasn’t even signed up to speak,
begged to differ:
2010 appears to be the year that saw citizens far more engaged in the
political process than they have been for decades. Similar to the 1960s,
when questioning the government became de rigueur, this year has seen
citizens involved in public forums, the election process, and many local
issues that have come before local governments.
Taxpayers want to know where their money is going and what it is being spent for.
She mentioned that participation might make some people uncomfortable.
What do you think?