57,891 registered, eligible citizens did not.
Of the 7,899 that did, 5,858 chose Sara McCarley. Just under nine percent.
“We have met the enemy, and he is us.”
The quote from Walt Kelly’s Pogo comic strip was first used - in 1970, on the first “Earth Day” - in response to an awakening among Americans to the looming environmental crisis caused by pollution of all kinds.
It has been used since - as it will be here - to broaden that awakening to the serious issues of our current times, in particular, the generations-long withdrawal of the citizenship from the day-to-day details of managing and governing our communities, our cities, and our country.
The three assassinations during the rise of the baby boomers not only killed their targets, they also killed the spirit of one of the 20th century’s most animated, engaged, and active generations. Then they - we - quit. Discouraged. Disheartened. Disillusioned. Done.
We must right the ship, because it is we who caused it to founder. And we can, because the opportunities and tools for engagement with government have made it possible to attend to civic affairs and city meetings in real time - with our cell phones!
Voting is momentary. Citizenship is continuous.
If you care where we are headed you have to help steer - and row!