ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
We congratulate the winners in last week’s local elections. As is often the case, voter turnout was modest at best. Local elections in spring usually don’t have the allure that a general election in fall generates. That’s ironic because no election will have a greater direct impact on our day-to-day lives than the one that chooses our local mayor, council or commission members, and school board representatives.
Presidents, congressional representatives and even governors come and go. We may notice the transitions, we may not. But with every pothole we dodge on our city streets, every faucet we open in our home, and every homework assignment our children complete, we experience the influence and impact of local government.
Many of the positions in Hillsboro were not seriously contested, so it might be easier to understand the lack of political enthusiasm among some folks. But you can be sure that enthusiasm will pick up as soon as the mayor, the council member or the school board representative makes a decision that irritates us.
Maybe we should make it a rule that whoever surrenders their obligation to vote also forfeits their right to complain later.