From The Publisher: January 2015
01/09/2015 07:49AM ● Published by Aimee Cormier
As we enter a new year, many of us seize the opportunity to re-evaluate the past and make changes to improve our lives. This year, besides looking at ourselves, we also have the chance to impact the way our state is run and our parishes and many of our cities are governed. 2015 is an election year that presents a ballot that includes all of the major state offices and most governmental positions in our parishes and cities.
You can have a very significant impact on this entire process. Start with yourself. This issue of Acadiana LifeStyle is aptly billed as “the making life better” issue. There’s a wealth of suggestions on how you can improve your personal life. However, if we are going to embrace the opportunity to make major changes, we must examine how each one of us has been involved in the political process.
Have you taken an active interest in your local and state government? Have you kept abreast of how the individuals elected to represent you have served? Do you know if these people have voted in the best interest of their constituents or taken actions that favor only themselves or one or two of their financial supporters? Have you discussed politics with your family, friends, and co-workers? Have you seriously considered running for a public office? Do you vote in every election?
Before you dismiss these questions with the usual “I don’t get involved in politics” reply, consider this. By not taking an active role in the electoral process, or not interacting with your elected representatives to express your views, you are allowing others to chart the political future. This is completely contrary to the principles upon which our country was founded. We must take an active role in electing leaders who will truly act in the public’s best interest, not their own.
Are you up to the challenge of 2015?