I t’s an interesting fact about people that we don’t often feel especially comfortable speaking up on issues important to us. Don’t get me wrong. We complain. We blame. We bemoan. We mutter our disapproval under our breath but most often we don’t go much farther than that.
It seems only in the most dire of circumstances do people feel comfortable speaking up publicly about the issues that affect them, and what they feel should be done by those who have the power to make changes for the better.
And it may not be that people feel comfortable doing that. It’s more likely they feel they must, that they have no choice, or at least, nothing left to lose.
And then there are those of us who, like the boy who cried wolf, speak up so much, so often, so loudly, that the words lose their meaning and their impact is less than they cold be.
Here in Placentia, complaints are commonly heard about the state of disrepair at the Sir Ambrose Shea lift bridge.The most basic of people’s fear are expressed when talking about their distrust of the bridge. People close their eyes while driving across, we’ve heard. I know of one person who drives across with her windows rolled down so if the bridge were to collapse and her vehicle plunge into the icy water below, she might be able to escape from a watery grave by swimming out of the vehicle to the surface of the water and hopefully the shore.
When people feel that much fear and concern over an issue, one has to wonder why more isn’t made of it in the public realm.
Why aren’t the people of Placentia writing letters to the editor of this newspaper and The Telegram expressing their concerns? Why haven’t more people dropped into The Charter office to demand we do a story about the issue?
It is what the media is often there to do – be used as a vehicle to expose problems in our society and bring attention to the issues.
But people are often reticent and don’t want their name associated with complaining, even if their concerns are justifiable.
Often people will drop by the office and tell us information without the desire to go that step further and allow us to quote them saying what they are telling us.
We have to get over that. Sometimes opinions need to be expressed publicly, and positive change occurs because we do.
For our government and society to really work as it is supposed to, we must provide input to the people we elect to govern and protect us and sometimes that input is negative, but expressing that negative opinion can lead to a greater good.
Often people will drop by the office and tell us information without the desire to go that step further and allow us to quote them saying what they are telling us. We have to get over that. Sometimes opinions need to be expressed publicly, and positive change occurs because we do.