The citizens are being offered an opportunity to vote on a charter created by people of our choosing, based on issues and challenges that have yet to be determined. Positive input, questions and open minds are appreciated, especially when so many people involved in these decisions are primarily volunteers making decisions on issues for which they have little to gain.
As expected, people with a variety of political leanings seem to be enjoying the process — of considering — a home-rule system. It’s a wildly open-ended process, necessitating a variety of inputs, thoughts and ideas. Yet, as with every community around the world, there are unhappy people. Like a child being given a box of 64 crayons, their will always be people saying, “Why are you giving me a blue crayon?”
When our country was founded there was likely always a table of people in the corner of the tavern mistrustful and fearful of change. So, to those who see only conspiracy, I say please pull up a chair, shake hands and put on a smile. This is democracy. It isn’t always perfect and it’s rarely pretty, but this is as close as many of us will come to the purest aspect of what makes America great. I’m at a loss for words for those who are against considering home rule, as the prospect alone represents the essence of what America is all about. So I leave you with this.