Ed Comeau for State Rep Carroll 5 – 2016
District 5 includes the towns of Brookfield, Effingham, Ossipee and Wakefield.
I will not participate in politics as usual
As with most people, you and I hear the alarm and momentarily glance up and realize that it is time to rise again, guzzle down coffee, and go to work. This daily “grind” we endure equates to the same thing. We get up and go to work to receive a paycheck, or work the land to feed our family. Then we pay taxes, a lot of taxes.
You may not necessarily care about “politics,” but you realize that decisions made by politicians, far away from you, effect everything about you, your family, your friends, and your neighbors. The process promotes a helpless feeling and a loss of control.
I believe that this is not how it is supposed to be, not how it was meant to be, and not how it is going to be, unless you let it.
As with many of you, I am sick of politics, sick of the same cycle of promises and letdowns. You and I listen to speeches that support or oppose legislation that seems only to promote some agenda or ideology with which we may or may not agree.
I have attended 2,000 local public meetings. Most of these meetings are my home town of Brookfield Selectmen and Planning Board meetings, Wakefield Selectmen and their School Board meetings, the Carroll County Commissioners, and County Delegation meetings and their sub-committee meetings. From these many hours observing public officials, I have garnered much information, not the least of which is a lack of public involvement.
An important observation is that the people are not participating…
The Elected Officials therefore conclude that the people don’t care.
However, I think “The People” do care.
The lack of attendance is directly attributed to the level of frustration people have in the process. When I ask, “Why don’t you attend?” the most common answer is a mixture of — “I work all day and I’m tired,” to — “I don‘t think I can do anything about it,” to — “It is completely corrupt and I don’t want any part of it.”
The amount of negativity that surrounds us is also at fault, and I want to use my ability to bring people together to combat this effect. We all need to debate our ideas openly and respect each person’s input and concerns.
Saying NO! is not a solution. When an idea is properly debated the true answer is made clear and obvious.
I believe the solutions reside with the people, and I want to use my ability to bring people together to accomplish that end.