As we head into the Fourth of July holiday, I would like to thank all my readers who are involved in local government. Whether you are serving on a city or county council, a school board, a utility district, an arts commission, a library board, or as staff, you are doing quiet work that is essential to our society.
My late husband Lew and I spent years in the third world. We saw how inadequate many governments are in the face of their residents’ deep ordinary human needs. I spent years studying the USSR. I saw how badly a top-down economic system and a political order lacking genuine freedom fail their citizens.
This is a time when our government is challenged at the national and the state level. But at the local level, hundreds of thousands of ordinary folks are keeping things chugging along, and improving them as they go, with dedication and integrity.
We have 1831 local governments in Washington State and 89,004 in the U.S. as a whole. That’s a lot of folks giving their time, care and attention to keeping the schools running, the water flowing, and the lights on. On the anniversary of our independence, I salute you!
Ann G. Macfarlane
Professional Registered Parliamentarian