Welcome to my new blog for Wilson Living Magazine. I call it Down Home Politics and it’s a companion to my regular column in the actual print magazine, but with a twist.
While the column will take a broad stroke approach to the issue of politics, this blog will be more narrowly focused on the issues in city, county and state government. I’ll be attending city and county government meetings, looking for those little gems that are often hidden from view.
I’ll leave the full coverage to the two newspapers in town, both of which do a great job of reporting the nuts and bolts. What I hope to do is look a little deeper behind the issues. In other words, do a little digging, not for dirt, but for clarity, on issues that may go overlooked and why you probably should pay attention to them.
From time to time, you may find a profile of an elected official or government worker who works diligently in the shadows, but never gets publicly recognized.
Or you may find a governmental department and what it does being featured, so the next time you need to get a permit, pay taxes, look up a record or seek out a specific service, you’ll know where to go and who to talk to about your question or problem.
This blog, just like the print version of Down Home Politics, will strive to be non-partisan. Occasionally, you may find my personal opinion of an issue in this nook of cyberspace, but if you do, know that it is my opinion only and not that of Angel or Becky. If you want to know how I really feel about things, then you’ll have to go to my website, DownHomePolitics.com.
So, come along and follow me here at WilsonLivingMagazine.com. Look for a new Down Home Politics blog every Thursday by 2 p.m. I urge you to leave a comment, start a dialogue with me and other readers, and share with me what you’d like to see covered.
I’m not asking or expecting everyone to become politically active in terms of protests or support rallies, participating in campaigns, or joining petition drives or phone-a-thons. I’m just asking you to become informed and then let your conscious determine what, if any, action you should take.
An informed citizenry is vital to a healthy city, county, state or national government.
Being apathetic and not caring feeds those who would do us harm, while becoming informed about the issues can empower us, the everyday citizen, from allowing such harms to happen.
So if you have a question or issue you’d like to know more about regarding your local or state government, please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next week …