Eddie Burke was right:
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
It feels like our city is falling down of late. We don't have a lot of evidence that local government decision making is poor. It's been said most of the fallout from the recent budget meeting won't be felt for a few years. Instead, it's more of an uneasy feeling that won't go away.
Stuff we don't know:
- How to run a city;
- How to be a great city councillor;
- How to stimulate an ailing economy.
What we do know:
- People with power will take advantage of citizen apathy;
- Not everyone has a voice and it's a damn shame to waste yours;
- When citizens organize to do something to make the place better, we need to take notice and support them;
- A strategic direction on the backs of the less fortunate, the disabled and those who can't represent themselves, is just plain wrong, no matter how you spin it.
If you're reading this, you have the privilege and the opportunity to do good. To get involved. To make a difference.
All that is necessary for things to get worse, is for good people that know this, to do nothing.
And that's just what they're counting on.
Not us. Not anymore. How 'bout you?