Comment 106160

By charlesball (registered) | Posted November 12, 2014 at 15:13:07

I think the use of computers and on-line voting would help. I also think that putting major decisions to the citizenship, at least for direction, would help as well.

In my experience, most people don't care because they like the status quo or if they don't because they feel powerless, or because they don;t have the time to do other than delegate responsibility to other people they trust. Very often they only react long after the decisions have been made.

Lobbying always scares me because by its nature it rarely leaves a record. Squeaky wheels will get the grease. That does not make them right.

In other words, do neighborhood associations speak for the neighborhood, or only for the people who care enough to belong to the neighborhood association? Does the union speak for the employees, or for those who care enough to sit in committee.

There are ample examples of people with ulterior motives taking over unions (think Canad Post in the 1970's and early 1980's) who did not have the best interest of the union membership at heart, or, who's stated interests and true objectives conflicted with the interests of the union membership at large (I belonged to one such union and my disinterest is partly to blame for letting radicals run roughshod.)

But the writer is entirely correct. Unless the people show some interest and get involved, nothing will change.

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