Saturday, December 15, 2018

Public discourse is important

When I was growing up I lived in an over 80,000-person city where the local school and city budgets were close to $200 million.

One of the things that I noticed was that often times people didn’t really pay attention to what was going on in the city unless it was going to directly impact them. 

When I came to Minnesota last June I quickly realized how important being an informed citizen is for small town communities. 

During my first week in the community, I have found out that this is the case here as well. 

I think one of the perfect examples of this that I have seen in town so far was during the Kasson City Council Forum. 

During the forum, there were many people in attendance and many more that watched our Facebook Live of the event during or after the event. 

What really impressed me about the forum was the collaboration between the school, the city and the different sponsors to put on something that is crucial for public discourse. 

Impressing me even more though was the strong questions that came from different audience members and ones that were submitted. 

I have been to many different public forums, debates and political rallies at all different levels, and I was quite impressed about how thoughtful all the questions were. 

To me this is a huge indicator that people in the community pay attention to not only what affects them but also the entire community and their local government. 

In my opinion being an informed citizen is one of the most important things that anyone can do for their community. 

As a community member being able to share views whether positive or negative on a situation in their local government(s) is vital to the health of a community because it only makes it better. 

When local leaders are given feedback from their constituents it allows them to make more informed decisions because they are able to hear directly how it may impact someone, a group of people or a business. 

I am very glad that I have had the chance to tell stories that will inform the many community members of Dodge County, and I am looking forward to continuing to do so. 

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Steele County Times & DCI

Steele County Times
507-583-4431
411 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

Dodge County Independent
507-634-7503
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
507-634-2661
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

 

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