Earlier this week I “graduated” from a local government class hosted by my local city of Dunwoody. We spent 8 or 9 Tuesdays listening to representatives from the various city departments talk about what they do.
The class was quite interesting, though I’m still not sure what my intentions were in attending. Maybe I’ll try to get on a board or committee some day. I certainly doubt I’ll run for office.
At the least, I can say that I have a better understanding of local government, and I’m far less intimidated by it. In fact, I’d say I’m much more comfortable contacting the government if I ever need something they can provide or if I simply want to offer input as to how they’re doing.
This has definitely confirmed my previous belief that more people should pay attention to local government. We all give way too much power to the President and federal government. The decisions that really affect us are down here at the local level. At least they should be.