The Observer’s editorial and a recent item in the Rants and Raves column say that voting is not enough and that citizens need to attend commission and board meetings. My experience says otherwise.
Two examples demonstrate the uselessness of attending such meetings. The first example goes back a few years when the school boad was going to terminate the superinendent of schools. There was a mass turnout at the meeting and the group was overwhelmingly against the firing. The board heard the citizens speak but fired the superintendent despite the oppositon of the attendees.
The second example was when countywide zoning was before the County Commission. Again there was a large contingent opposed. The board enacted the zoning ordinances.
Did the boads dow rong in ignoring these citizens? I disagreed with both decisions but that does not mean these boards acted improperly. They made the decisions they thought were best. I still disagree with those decisions but I will not criticize for doing what they thought was the best course. Attending these meeting allow citizens the right to vent their opinions, but they do little to change the outcome.