In order to bring prosperity that is sustainable for our area, our elected officials must be willing to look beyond their own views or preferences and consider the well being of the citizens within their political jurisdiction. For example, if a candidate receive 400 votes asking him or her to ban wine in the county and 100 asking him or her not to, would that constitute a mandate to ban wine if the county had 10,000 residents? As we all know, it’s often easier to get folks excited about something they’re opposed to and more difficult to get them mobilized about something they support – that is, until it’s taken away. The reaction to the governor’s gun legislation illustrates that point.
MIKE ZAGATA is a former state Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner, Ruffed Grouse Society president and oil executive. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.