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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Editorial: Getting involved is the best step to clean up the mess

  • On our front page today is a story about a local woman who is so fed up with government she's decided to run as a write-in candidate for Honesdale Borough council.
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  • On our front page today is a story about a local woman who is so fed up with government she's decided to run as a write-in candidate for Honesdale Borough council.
    This is a step in the right direction.
    This editorial is not to endorse anyone but to simply point out that Tiffany Kominski makes a good point — more people need to get involved.
    One of the biggest problems in local government is that people don't have an interest because they don't feel like they can make a difference.
    That's where they are wrong.
    People can make a difference and can turn around a government body quickly with the right motivations.
    But what it takes is people willing to dive headlong into local politics. It's not an easy task.
    When you enter the fray of local politics, you suddenly become a very public figure. Everything you do is in public — as it should be.
    But that's not always an easy pill to swallow and it has led many politicians into the back rooms to make deals. That is the danger in getting caught up in the system.
    Yet that should not discourage anyone from getting involved. In fact, it should be a motivating factor because it takes good people to make good things happen.
    Honesdale and Wayne County have many things going in its favor, unfortunately, elected officials are not one of those things.
    Too many are caught up in the good-old-boy network and have used connections for political and financial gain.
    We need more "commoners" to get involved and prove that doing the right thing for the right reasons can be the correct way forward.
    Now is the time for people to take a long, hard look in the mirror and make some tough decisions. Getting involved in local government is not easy, but it is important if this area is ever to move forward.
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