NOTICE: Changing blog address

You have landed on a new URL – thecitizen4blog.wordpress.com is now redirecting to thecitizen4blog.wordpress.com. This is not a mistake – part of a rebranding effort as I move away from using the ‘champaignunit4’ subdomain name.

 

So take heart, the blog has not been hijacked. Still me. Still posting on Unit 4. 🙂 Pardon the dust as I make a couple other tweaks (like get my charlesdschultz account back in here).

"Democracy in action"

Last week, Meg Dickinson got the public wondering about a mysterious person who urged some board members to support one of their own as president. I don’t know how many hits the NG article got, but my own post had over 300 hits, which is on the high end for me. I also had a number of folks contact me privately asking questions and opining thoughts.

This morning, Jim Dey has an editorial (not online as of this writing). I do not always agree with Mr. Dey, but he does make a very convincing point; why all the secrecy? I have quoted one of his statements as the topic for this blog because I think, in general, most of us do not even know what democracy looks like. We have too few role models to follow that can show us what being participatory is all about. Having said that, pointing fingers is not helpful at all, either. All the people mentioned in the editorial have stories to tell. Perhaps they don’t want to tell the NG – and for that I do not fault them. It is frustrating when you want to tell a story, only to have it rehashed at the whim of someone else. Also, I have heard that the “requests for comment” was a bit of s stretch, says those who are “reticent.”

So here is my Monday morning challenge; show me more democracy in action. What does it look like when taxpayers and voters are involved, informed, educated and given a space to deliberate? What does it look like when elected officials are not cagey with knowledge? What does it look like when the newspaper editor talks to all the people involved? What does it look like when a thousand people are letting board members know what they think?

Show me what democracy is.

 

UPDATE: Editorial now online (no comments, yet?!?)

http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2013-06-03/era-openness-ends-hurry.html