Editorial: Where’s the Passion, Lincoln County? | Editorial

A few weeks ago, in the middle of all the other errands I did in Lincoln County (you may have seen me), I managed to make it to the Lincoln County Fairgrounds to the “Meet the Candidate” event, which was sponsored by Lincoln County Libertarians.

Last time I attended a political event at this location, I was nearly blown away by a microburst – and was even crazier to record it on Facebook Live for everyone to watch!

My own family even asked me why I would even be so mad.

Why would they even ask me that question? I do, but I digress.

The weather on March 15, 2022 was considerably nicer, but weather splendor is not what I am writing about this week.

Nobody in Lincoln County seemed to want to “meet the candidates,” at least from my perspective. Although there were 26 candidates on hand for the event, it was poorly attended by the public.

People, there are a lot of issues to be resolved in this county, and I’m sure the candidates have a lot to say about them. Candidates for the Wright City School Board certainly did.

Masking issues have angered parents in this section of Warren County, which includes a section of Lincoln County.

Outside of Lincoln County, the infamous Wentzville “book ban” that drew national attention and derision, which I wrote about in full in another column, also drew the attention of angry parents. , who acted.

As in Wright City, many are vying for places on the school board.

Where is that kind of passion here in Lincoln County? Are we too busy watching “The Thing About Pam” to care about the things that matter?

Now, I’m not in the muckraking business. I’m pretty sure you know me well enough to know by now, but there are so many issues going on across the county that are worth voting on in a few days.

Troy, Moscow Mills and Hawk Point have “use tax” initiatives on the ballot. Three people are running for councilor in Ward 2 of Elsberry alone, two of whom are registered candidates.

Lincoln County R-III has KIDS Proposition on the Ballot, a tax-free bond issue on the ballot. The city of Troy also has an equally interesting mayoral race between incumbent Ron Sconce and Ward III Alderman Dennis Detert, due to the clash of ideologies over spending on infrastructure and public safety. .

Flint has two aldermen up for re-election in a city that has already seen major upheaval in its board of directors following the sudden death of Alderman Chuck Turbyeville and the resignation of Mayor Joseph Clark, who faced impeachment.

Many people have had this phrase attributed to them, whether it’s Byron Price, the Associated Press bureau chief in Washington, or former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill, but “all politics is local.”

I prefer what I heard growing up in the barbershop as a kid in South Carolina.

“If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.”

In fact, you can. Your complaints just don’t have much validity because you had the opportunity to do something, but you chose to stay home.

On April 5, Lincoln County has a chance to make up the difference and make up for the empty seats from March 15.

You know your communities and your neighbors – and I have certainly heard your complaints!

Show me the same passion I see in Wright City and Wentzville!