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Citizens must make voices heard

Published 10:57am Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Last week The Tribune published an article concerning the topic of discussion at a recent Ironton City Council meeting.

A local pastor came to the meeting to express concerns that he and other local residents had about a person who they said had been “menacing” the neighborhood.

Whether this unnamed individual has been involved in criminal activity is not a matter for The Tribune’s editorial board to decide.

But we would like to take this opportunity to encourage residents of Ironton and the county to attend their city, commission, village or township trustee meetings to become more involved in local government.

If there are perceived problems in your neighborhood, especially crime-related problems, staying quiet about the issue is not going to resolve anything.

Much of the time, county law enforcement agencies run on minimal staff and rely on the watchful eye of the public to report incidents or suspicious activity.

Likewise, government bodies sometimes rely on citizens to report matters of concern.

Meetings are opened to the public and allot time for public participation, so why not take advantage of the opportunity and get involved?

Everyone has a voice when it comes to local government, but you must stand up and speak out to be heard.

  • Poor Richard

    Cities that are growing and healthy are so because their citizens are fully engaged in the workings of their cities.

    Citizens cannot expect a few to carry the entire burden of attaining success, it takes everyone. The great thing about involving everyone is that each person has their own interest and their own set of skills; there are those who want to work on gardens and parks, those who want to clean up the city, those that can write grants and bring in funding, those that want to plan events and festivals, those that research and record history, etc….a city is place for all those interests and all those special skills and ideas. Take advantage Ironton! Get involved!

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