The Government Closest to the People…


Let's face it; "government" is not always a positive word. "I'm from the government and I'm here to help" is not exactly a compliment.

On the other hand, "necessary evil" is probably too strong of a negative term.

However it is viewed, government plays a vital role in our existence and even the most ardent anti-government zealots recognize the fundamental problems with anarchy and chaos.

So which form of government serves the people the best? ...which is most efficient? ...which provides us the best bang for the buck?

The United Nations?

The Federal Government in Washington?

State Government in Tallahassee?

...or local City governments?

I would argue, that the government closest to the people is the form of government the best serves the people and that means my City.

When you call you want it to go to Washington, D.C. or a local emergency operation center?

When you need an immediate response, would you rather petition your state government or talk to your local Mayor?

It seems to me that basic government services are best provided by local governments and we are often best served by local representatives...people we know, neighbors who send their kids to the same schools as our kids, who drive through our neighborhoods and eat at the same restaurants we do.

Of course, this is not to bash or disparage state or federal governments...they serve a vital role and usually do a great job of providing important services. But dollar-for-dollar and day-to-day, I'd put my money on my local City government to be most responsive, most efficient and most likely to have my interest at heart.

There's an old adage about a woman who attended a town hall meeting with her U.S. Congressman. When it was her turn to speak, she inquired about the road repairs taking place in her neighborhood. The Congressman listened to her concerns with practiced patience. When she was through, he responded, "Mrs. Johnson, I understand your concerns about the neighborhood, but I work in Washington...have you contacted the Mayor?"

"Oh no", she replied, "I didn't want to start to that high up."

Our Cities in Action

Dec-29-2013 The Ledger
Lakeland will complete the year with a goal it announced almost 30 years ago: a population of more than 100,000.
Nov-20-2013 Reuters
Only third city in the nation to receive Palladium honor. The City of Tamarac, Florida has joined the ranks of such prestigious organizations as Motorola, UPS and Hilton Hotels as a recipient of the...
Sep-16-2013 Tampa Bay Times
Shelby Willis is 5 feet 4 inches tall. But that didn't stop her from climbing up the ranks to become Largo's first female fire chief and the only female fire chief in Pinellas County.
Sep-03-2013 Daily Commercial
Eustis city commissioners will meet Thursday night to consider creating a Downtown Waterfront Entertainment District to better promote the city and help local businesses.
Aug-02-2013 Daytona Beach News-Journal
DAYTONA BEACH — As the city comes alive with a massive redevelopment at Daytona International Speedway and the promise of two new oceanfront hotels, the 85-year-old Boardwalk is basking in a rebirth...
May-07-2013 South Florida Business Journal
Fort Lauderdale has been ranked No. 7 for economic potential on a list of the Top 10 Small American Cities of the Future, according to fDi Magazine.
Apr-11-2013 South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Tours in South Florida typically go to the beach but, in Coral Springs, city leaders will pile onto a bus to see government buildings in three counties. City commissioners haven't decided yet to...
Apr-05-2013 Tampa Bay Times
Family, friends and residents will gather at 2:30 p.m. Sunday for the official renaming of “John R. Lawrence Pioneer Park.”
Apr-03-2013 Longboat Observer
A town Fire Rescue Department software application is in a Computerworld Honors Program Safety & Security category with the likes of Hewlett-Packard and the FBI.
Mar-27-2013 Belleair Bee
BELLEAIR - The town of Belleair is encouraging veterans and active military personnel to be on hand at the April 2 commission meeting when the town proclaims April 17 as Military Family and Community...