As with so much in my life, it is in my character to be reluctant to do things. I aspire to do nothing but feel compelled to participate in my government to the extent that I do because few citizens engage enthusiastically in our government. Democracy requires active participation and it is lacking in Richmond, as I imagine it is suffering throughout the world. It is not nonexistent, but we could have and should have a much more engaged and well informed citizenry.
Because I feel that the none of the City's newspapers are doing an adequate job covering the local government, I am driven to do a blog. I don't feel as though I have the requisite diarrhea of the hand to be a good blogger.
Though I am lazy and would prefer to do other things; I write this blog with the hope that I may offer some insight into the functioning of our government, to document our history, mark the notable, shame the disgraceful, entertain and educate my city mates, inspire good citizenship and to serve as an example of what can be accomplished by consistent citizenship.
Before my blog entry tonight, I had been feeling negligent in my duties as a blogger. I had attend 6 meetings since my last blog entry. And not written about one. And there are note-worthy things to mention in all of those meetings. I am uncertain for how long I can keep this up, but it is a worthwhile experiment and truly does demonstrate the power of THE PRESS and free speech.