To the Journal editor:
Over the past few years, The Mining Journal has reported on turmoil in any number of communities over citizen displeasure with their elected leaders and their various means to attempt-what shall I say-to throw the bums out.
These situations seem to be governed by disgruntled residents fairly bursting with cynicism, carps and criticism.
If you chance to be one of these unhappy people, I have a delicious recipe for turning your agony into ecstasy:
1. Search (or I mean scour) your community for a person who has all the qualifications you believe are needed for the position.
2. Convince that person to run for office. (Good luck, by the way!)
3. With good will and reasoned argument, convince the majority of your fellow residents of the person's ability to do the job and why he or she would be a superior replacement for the one currently holding the office.
4. In the meantime, support the officials you have. Do whatever you can to help them do their job well.
Then watch the magic happen.
In the short term, progress will be made, all kinds of good things will be accomplished in the community. What's more-voila. You will be ecstatic come election day.