Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Poli Sci 102

It was an honor to be able to speak at the Parks, Energy, and Environment Committee's public hearing re: the dam last night. As I like to remind people, "It's not enough just to vote- be a part of the political process." Elected officials represent their constituents- let them know how you feel about issues that are important to you.

I had the opportunity to talk to Supervisor Broderick on a more casual level after the hearing and was impressed with his intelligence and his willingness to listen to and consider all sides of an issue before coming to a conclusion, and his respect for people's differing opinions.

I thought there would be more media and fewer cops last night, though. Also, I worried that it would be more out of hand. So despite a few outbursts from the "pro-dam crowd," it still went more smoothly than I had dared to hope. The whole thing was even kind of fun!


Erik Helm said...

It was a pleasure to meet you last evening. As we discussed, and you posted, involvement is a necessary thing for all of us, which ever viewpoint we support. Government serves us, not the other way around.

christine said...

I too was very proud to be a citizen at the public hearing meeting. The comments were informed, covered a range of issues, were geniune and persuasive. Everyone I spoke too was impressed and energized. What happens next? What is to be done next?

The River Otter said...

Christine- I answered one of your questions in an email. Please share- thanks!