Great editorial from the Carrboro Citizen that sums up my frustration with low voter turn out in local elections. This is my favorite part:
Small wonder that we have such a high percentage of cranky, ill-mannered and woefully under-informed non-participants. For more than two decades, they’ve been spoon-fed Ronald Reagan’s toxic tonic that government is inherently bad — always the problem and not the solution. All along, there’s been almost nothing offered to counter that argument, because it’s just not cool to point out that things like roads, public transit, schools and institutions like the university and its hospital came about because of a belief in the idea of government, and that by working together we could make a better world.