Selfishness needed in GTH ballot booths
What Germantown Hills needs April 5 is voters showing up at the polls with a tremendous dose of selfishness.
The electorate must go to the polls with selfishness to pick village board trustees who will be deciding issues important to those voters. Without that it will be easy to be swayed by the name calling that has been going on in the campaign.
This election cycle has been entertaining. It has been said in regards to this election village board candidates who are supported by business are bought and paid for. On the other hand, candidates who are not supported by business are un-American. Candidates who belong to the old guard are control freaks, you have been told. It has also been said that candidates who are part of the “new regime” are petty bullies.
This election cycle has been passionate. Passion belongs in politics.
Politics is a passionate pursuit. Passion belongs in campaigns. Passion clarifies positions.
What does not belong is the name calling in this campaign which clouds what the real bottom line is — service to the electorate. There has been passion run amok in this election cycle.
Germantown Hills Village Board Trustees Terry Quinn and Mike Gaetz on March 18 in their blog
“Germantown Hills: A Perspective” dispassionately listed the responsibilities of a village government.
It was a good list, including:
• Keeping you safe within the limits of village authority.
• Maintaining public infrastructures.
• Providing cost-effective government services.
• Regulating/enforcing regulations that improve the environment and quality of life.
• Attracting businesses and helping them prosper in the village.
• Planning and executing for growth and development.
“So how does a village board decide where to put the emphasis? It is a balancing act, to be sure, but the best decisions will be made if the needs of its residents always drive the decisions,” they wrote.
The two trustees are onto something there.
Of course, those residents are also business owners, employees, people unemployed or under-employed, developers, volunteers, homeowners, parents and retirees who have interests in conflict with other groups of residents.
Those who vote with their interests are selfish.
That is not a harsh assessment. It is reality.
If we had more politically selfish people our percentage of voters would climb astronomically. The selfish deserve to set the agenda. Go forth and be selfish in service to yourself and your community.