In Other Words 10-01-10

Is Anybody Out There Paying Attention?  A Paraprosdokian World Awaits

IS ANYBODY OUT THERE PAYING ATTENTION? It would appear they aren’t.
Here in Holtville and in other places, such as Brawley, subcommittees to the City Council go along without much recognition and mostly without much purpose.
The Holtville Planning Commission is short members once again and finding those who want to service is getting to be a real chore.
Small town  living is supposed to mean participation in small town affairs. But not in Imperial Valley, apparently.
Participation ina Democracy is also supposed to mean participation in the governmental process.Once again, Imperial Valley doesn’t adhere to this cornerstone of Democracy. How come?
There are too many ways to entertain yourself these, for one thing. You can watch television just about anywhere and take the soupy, canned and corny opinions of dozens of “reporters’ over what the actual truth is on a daily basis.
You can also feel remorse and helplessness about the world and what goes on it as though your opinion doesn’t count for much. Some times it doesn’t.
But that is still no excuse for passing on a civic responsibility such as running for a public office. Or being appointed to one.
Or participating in the process somehow. The other guy won’t get it done if you don’t take the initiative to step forward and offer your services to the town you live in.
Holtville has a hard time keeping planners on the commission because there is hardly anything to plan. That which comes before it usually has a rubber stamp quality to it. Just nod your head and say yes, no matter what the issue is. Oh, and don’t expect to win a point, either. The administration sets the pace and dictates what should be done. it’s convenient and allows people to get back to their private worlds faster.
But it makes for government you may not care for and even further erodes the voice of the people.
SO, PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT’S GOING ON AROUND YOU and get involved with your city. It will only cost you a few hours a week. And you might actually get some satisfaction our of it if the system isn’t manipulated too much.
C’mon. It’s time for people out there in the communities of Imperial Valley to step up and pay attention to what goes on. Maybe they won’t be quite as frustrated with the system if they can participate in it.
CALL CITY HALL TODAY AND VOLUNTEER FOR A COMMITTEE!

Paraprosdokian–a figure of speech that uses an unexpected ending to a series or phrase.
I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.
Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on the list.
Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
If I agreed with you we’d both be wrong.
We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
Evening news is where they begin with ‘Good evening’, and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.
To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research. A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.
How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.

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