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Spencer Spotlight: The voice of the people is heard

12:58 PM, Apr. 4, 2013  |  Comments
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You always hear the old adage "Government leaders should listen to their constituents."

Recently, I was witness to that exact thing happening.

Over the last few weeks, our village trustees have been going over budget concerns. What political group doesn't do this? Going through the items, they came across fluoridation of our water. Their big question was "Is this something that we should look at?"

In doing their research, they learned that fluoride is a hazardous material. There are special procedures for storing and handling it. Should they continue with the fluoride treatment because of these concerns? Their biggest concern was not taking the fluoride out of the water, but rather if it was safe to handle and store. They went through all the proper procedures. It was an agenda item two board meetings ago. The village board was approached by village residents with concerns of their own. It was decided to table it until the next meeting.

In the meantime, a committee meeting was scheduled. There were a few residents in attendance as well. The board members brought their information to the forefront. The residents brought their information to the meeting. As was the case, both side of the argument were well stated. There was respect from both parties as they listened to each side. The people were given the opportunity to voice their opinion. The committee then made a recommendation to drop fluoride from the village water supply. This was only a recommendation that would go the board. The regular board meeting was held this past Monday. The agenda did contain this possible action. People were there in attendance, ready to argue their point in favor of keeping fluoride in the water system. They were not given the chance as the board decided to keep fluoridation in the water system.

What happened over the last few weeks that brought this about? Democracy. The elected officials heard the voice of the public and other concerned parties. With so many people adamant about keeping fluoridation in our water system, the board saw that people did care about what goes on in their community. They were given the opportunity to have their say and the village board really listened. Hats off to our elected officials, for allowing democracy to happen. The trustees were very pleased that the community cared enough to come to the board meeting and have their voice heard. That is the way it should be.

People in the community need to get involved. If you have concerns, then attend the village board meetings and find out what is happening in our community. The board has shown that they do listen to the people. Their decisions may not always agree with people, but that is the way things happen sometime. Other times, such as with this fluoridation item, people can be happy that the village board did listen. A big "Thank You" to our village board members for listening to those who elected them.

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