April 01, 2009 Whether it's out of frustration or hope it seems that greater numbers are putting the 'people' back into a government by, for and of the people.
Dozens stopped in an Imlay City restaurant on Friday to meet with 82nd District House Rep. Kevin Daley, who scheduled 'office hours' at the location.
This despite the fact 'office hours' had unfortunately become equated with a politician's convenient and obligatory public relations way to give the impression that he or she was really 'in touch' with constituents and bringing their concerns and requests back to Lansing for action. Lip service to a constituency who'd grown weary of partisan gridlock and leery of people's motives to seek public office.
"People had told me nobody shows up for these things," Daley admitted. And until he took office, that was a true statement.
Whether it's a sign of the times or a belief in a new representative with keen local ties and a seemingly earnest desire to help create a government that works for the people, the participation in Friday's office hours is an indication that the general population is indeed ready for change. It may also indicate that people believe in Daley's desire and ability to make things happen.
Whatever the reasons, participation in the process by the general public and our elected official helps outline goals and ups the odds that needs will be met and that there is hope for the future. We encourage everyone to keep the momentum going.