It’s up to us to hold politi­cians ac­count­able

The Compass - - Editorial -

I moved to New­found­land from South Car­olina in 2008. This was a dream come true for me. My mother was born here and I spent every sum­mer grow­ing up here. Nowhere on Earth com­pares to this is­land for me.

I’m not wear­ing rose-tinted glasses; I know there are prob­lems here, as is every­where. But the spirit of the peo­ple make it seem as if any­thing can be ac­com­plished.

We need to re­al­ize that we are partly re­spon­si­ble, by not tak­ing an in­ter­est, let­ting mul­ti­ple-term politi­cians run on cruise con­trol. It’s time to stand up and say no more.

Now it seems every other day an ar­ti­cle comes out about town coun­cils con­flict of in­ter­est or some form of cor­rup­tion. Cit­i­zens shake their fists and say politi­cians are not fit. We need to re­al­ize that we are partly re­spon­si­ble, by not tak­ing an in­ter­est, let­ting mul­ti­pleterm politi­cians run on cruise con­trol. It’s time to stand up and say no more.

I urge ev­ery­one to start at­tend­ing the town meet­ings. Learn the laws and reg­u­la­tions. Keep them hon­est by ask­ing ques­tions, watch­ing the pro­ceed­ings, read past min­utes. We can make a dif­fer­ence. We can change the sta­tus quo.

Take back our towns and re­mind the coun­cils who they truly work for. New­found­land can be the leader in re­spon­si­ble gov­ern­ing.

Teresa Mor­ris writes from Deer Lake

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