I believe that we are never too old to learn. Every day we must be open to new ideas, people, and, experiences. Some of these can be negative. However, I strive to take away a positive learning experience that can help me be a better person and a better leader.
Last night I learned a valuable lesson. I learned how not to act as a public official. I appreciate the outpouring of support from many Lebanon residents that witnessed the poor judgment of some council members.
One of the most basic tenets of a democracy is citizen participation in government. It is not only our right, but it is our duty. Participation can take many forms including voting in elections, becoming informed, debating issues, attending community or civic meetings, being members of private voluntary organizations, paying taxes, protesting and, running for political office. Participation builds a better democracy. Where has democracy gone in Lebanon?
WE can bring democracy, respect, and professionalism back to Lebanon City Council this November.