The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


September 12, 2012

Readers' Forum | Required-reading choice questionable


More people must get involved in gov’t

Recently, the Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, supervisors listened to the people and voted 2-1 against rezoning.

It took a lot of effort on the part of the community to achieve this goal, and I learned a valuable lesson. We as members of townships, boroughs, villages and cities, need to pay attention to what is going on at this local level in order to get government to pay us heed, all the way to Washington.

Attend the sometimes boring township meetings, get to know and talk to your elected officials, read the notices in the papers, speak up to support an issue or even to speak out against it.

Our government is by the people, and we need to get involved and speak up. I truly feel if more of us did so, we could get more of what we want as citizens in all aspects – from the smallest township to the marbled halls of D.C.

Beth Thomas


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