By Mayor Sara Carlson
Lifelong learning can really mean lifelong discerning in the world of politics. Let me try to explain that for you. One of the nice things about being mayor is that you are non-partisan, which means you don’t take political sides or parties. It is and was set up that way for a reason.
Years ago if there was a dispute and it had to be settled by the local board and it didn’t go your way, it wasn’t because of the political party you belonged to, it was because it was what it was.
Nowadays, politics is all about your party, which one you belong to and if you support them or the other. As you watch the news you have to not only figure out what party you want to belong to but you have to discern (that is determine, detect, distinguish and try and recognize) who is telling the truth and whom you believe! Then you have to decide who will do a better job of leading our country and helping it into the future. Whew! It is a hefty job for all of us and not an easy one as we watch the news and the debates to come. I hope that we can move through the coming months as learners and discerners and get the facts and make up our minds about what is best for ourselves, our families, state, and country.
So, if you think that you are not a lifelong learner, think again. All of us day to day go about our business interacting with people. This year, especially this fall, we will turn our talk to what is happening in the world of politics. Make sure you are informed when you go to vote. Make sure you vote. Every vote does count. Get the facts as best you can and make an informed decision.
Me? I don’t know yet. So far I am having a hard time discerning!