Changing the world

Municipal elections are important to us all

Changing the world or how the world around us thinks is something few people have accomplished in our recorded history.

This week the world lost a man who has changed the way we think, work and relax  when Apple brainchild Steve Jobs passed away.

The effect of what Jobs and his company accomplished can be seen in large cities or the smallest of towns.

Presently I am sitting here putting the newspaper together on one of those Apple products.

Jobs took a chance and created something which will leave its legacy with the world.

People make choices to get involved with ideas everyday. We do not have to change the world but we can try to make the world directly around us a little better.

Soon people who want to make a difference will be getting out and campaigning to try and become mayor or sit on the council in this town and many others.

Sometimes it may seem like this is the forgotten level of government but the truth is, this group is the most accessible to people in a small towns all over British Columbia.

Federal politicians have to be in Ottawa and provincial representatives have to be in Victoria. Town councilors are around and among us most of the time.

The argument could be said that these politicians really do not influence what is happening in the bigger scheme of things, and I believe that to be wrong also.

These councilors make decisions that can directly change how we live our everyday lives.

From traffic to what’s in your backyard to the height of your building, those people in the council chambers decide many important issues for all of us.

We should not forget as well these people have the power, as a group, to help foundations who perform important tasks in the area.

They, like all politicians, should be there for the people they serve.

They need to be accountable to the people they represent.

This only works of course if residents get out and vote. I can say I have not always liked my choices on a ballot but that never stopped me from casting  my choice.

Numbers of voters in many elections over the last few years have not been very impressive.

People seemingly have given up on voting and taken the “Why bother” approach. Apathy has consumed us for one reason or another.

The reason to bother could be just to have your voice heard. It doesn’t matter if the person you voted for wins. What does matter is that you joined in the process of choice.

You get the chance to participate in the decision to pick someone to support.

If this has not won you over then you could go with a theory I heard a long time ago.

The idea stated if you do not vote then you have given up your right to complain after the fact.

Giving up is not an option because someone is going to win and then influence your life in the future.

I ask…Wouldn’t you want to have your say before and after the vote? Here is hoping you get out and take part as a candidate or as a voter when the time comes.

Darryl Crane

By the way, let’s not forget the Community Excellence Awards are coming up on October 22. This is a chance for people in the community to come together and recognize the great ideas, work ethic and people in the community. So drop by the Chamber office and pick up a ticket for a night of food, music, friends and excellence.