Serving the public

? Our public officials aren?t perfect, but the vast majority are in the arena to make life better.

With the pending transition in membership on the Marion County Board of Commissioners, we want to express appreciation to Roger Flem?ing for the contributions he made as 1st District county commissioner during his four years of service. In the same vein, we affirm continuing commissioners Dan Holub and Randy Dallke for their commitment to the difficult task they?ve accepted.

Serving as a governmental decision-maker at any level is not easy these days, and probably never has been. But we live in a conten?tious time when decisions and motives are constantly challenged. This is true at all levels of governance, including the local level. Perhaps some individuals step into state and national politics with the goal of personal gain or glorification, but at the local level that notion is laughable. The decision to help make policy that directly affect friends and neighbors makes sense only if public service is the motivation. The long hours and frequent criticism that come with the job simply aren?t worth it. Frankly, it?s surprising that some people are still willing to step to the plate.

Critique decisions according to your expertise and experience, but keep in mind that the vast majority of men and women who sit on our public councils and boards are doing their best to make your city or county a better place to live. ?DR

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