Something perplexing happens in municipal elections like the one coming up Tuesday.
The public officials being elected have the most direct impact on people’s lives.
Yet turnout of registered voters – usually less than 20 percent – is the lowest in the four-year election cycle.
These officials make sure roads are plowed in winter and grass in parks is mowed in summer. They hire contractors for road repairs. They oversee police. They pass zoning laws that dictate where housing developments should go and where businesses should be built, which can impact land values.
I would like to say three cheers to Tom Carroll for his comments in today’s Mercury.
Tom hit the nail on the head folks. The petty squabbling has GOT TO STOP. If Pottstown expects to get grants and aid from state and federal agencies there must be a common vision that is supported by the majority of leaders in this community. Until that time comes, we ain’t gettin’ squat! Nobody is going to throw money at a community that can’t agree on anything and constantly fights among itself.
The cartoon was also SPOT ON today. If Pottstown can’t embrace change and think outside the box, investors will go elsewhere. More border development. If we can’t work and play well with others, nobody is going to bother with Pottstown. Unfortunately, Pottstown has a reputation as being difficult to deal with and not business friendly. If I have heard that, you bet prospective investors have heard that as well.
I am not pointing fingers at anyone or any group. I am simply saying things need to change before we can move forward. I think that is obvious.