This is important no matter how big or small the vote is including the school board elections we as citizens have to be on the watch
Like most of you I have been watching, in almost a state of shock, the news stories about the surveillance our government keeps on us. From NSA phone, email, and text monitoring, to the FBI’s admission that they use drones to watch American citizens on US soil.
It’s obvious they are watching us. But it begs the question – who is watching them? Or, more accurately, who is supposed to be watching them?
The answer, of course, is us. You and me. And how do we do this? We get involved. At the county level, we attend Commissioner’s meetings. We read the published minutes. We study that ridiculously cumbersome budget, if we can get our hands on it.
But most importantly, we vote. We vote every chance we get. This is how we let the Courthouse know we are watching them. That we are concerned. That we are involved.
If we don’t, aren’t we telling them that we don’t care? Or that what they do is not that important to us? Or even that we agree with the path they are on?
Friends, Tioga County is our home. Which of you would skip a discussion in your homes about finances, budgets, grocery lists, honey-do lists, or the direction of your household? I dare say not many of you would miss that dinner table conversation. So why are we so quick to stay silent when it comes to our county government?
Over the past several weeks, as I have had my feet up in careful thought, I have been discussing the direction of our county, and the direction of our campaign, with voters all over the county. It still seems to me people want to be involved. People want a voice. People want to know their government is responsive.
As we spend the summer considering the direction of our campaign, let’s consider ways to get people to the polls to vote. Let’s consider ways to get people involved.
We need to find a way to stop electing people just because they are our friends. Our they have been in office for years and years. We need to find a way to convince people that sometimes we need to support new candidates, with new ideas and fresh perspectives.
Most importantly, we need to vote, we need to get involved, we need to elect new people, so that our county government realizes that we are watching them.
Thank you for the right on article !!
A nice day to see a parade not a lot of watchers ?
The fire trucks where nice some other towns sent trucks also.
The go carts where busy but fun to watch.
The historic society had an interesting float .
Sheriff Cole was surprise to see
and the Vets are always a great to see we some times forget that we have a lot of them
Then there where the cub scouts and girl scouts and little league
Now here is in my opinion
The Bomb !!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Avoca Central School should be ashamed as how there band looked.
Maybe some should have ironed there uniforms
before leaving the school,if they could be classified as that!!!!!!!
If the band was at another parade that I hope they where neater Dressed
Do the best for the tax payers that need to see the Good Old Days Spirit
We might not liked some of our teachers when we were there but when we left we still had pride in our
Where is that now?? Maybe the school board should put more respect in what they do
Example is the best teacher they could do for the students.
Any one who would like to sign a petition to repeal the new gun law
go here and sign then send to any one who would like to sign!!!
I’m sorry that I played around with this site and wiped it all out.
I’ll not put things back as they where but now I have an system in place so it won’t happen again. I hope
I had ran to Arrow Mart to get a Power Ball Ticket HEHEH
This nice state trooper stopped me !!
I didn’t get a ticket so for that I say Thank You
You Know it is he said and I said and we all know who wins!!
So Trooper Andrews Thank you