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Posted on: January 13, 2018

January’s 2018 Leadership Letter –Council Member Schiebout

I recently had the privilege of being interviewed by one of our best and brightest high school students over a cup of coffee. One question asked was how I believed government affected students and the importance of them becoming engaged and involved. Of course, the usual answer would be that government is “of, by, and for the people.” However, it’s currently difficult to feel connected with the individuals that govern us from Washington DC or Des Moines. Pragmatism, though a pillar of our federal and state governments, must set firmly on the foundation of our local core values for these ordained branches to function effectively and for the good of the citizens they represent. Local or “grassroots” government consists of people that you know. Folks that you see in the grocery store, sit beside in church, or meet at school functions. People with like-minded concerns who are willing to discuss and make recommendations to improve our lives. A government that repairs the pothole on your street; provides electric, water, and sewer service to your home; keeps you secure; and promptly responds to emergencies. I suspect that local government has more effect on our daily lives than Washington DC or Des Moines combined. Become involved with your local government…talk to your neighbors and ensure concerns are conveyed to your city officials. This will assure a government which is truly “of, by, and for the people.” – Bruce Schiebout, Council Member Ward 3

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Posted on: January 13, 2018