By: Joan E. Battey

Most things built slowly and in different places, rarely register or are even seen by most people today. We're still a society for the most part focused on what is closest in view of individuals at any given time. We, even more today than in earlier times, assume that those in charge of anything, or everything, focus on their responsibilities in the same way.

But, things have a way of changing, even as they appear to be the same. Local decisions of all kinds are still made and approved or disapproved based on what is seen closest at hand. But, steadily, over decades, local decisions are not as local as they seem.

Local votes are based on opinions of local voters and taxpayers. Their opinions are usually arrived at by what they see and know strictly from a local awareness. When it's something they can see firsthand, it gets a little more attention to details. If it's something that is local, but involved with larger area departments or oversight, all the way to the state and national level, those votes are hard to understand and arrive at. However, the outcomes are often later not quite what voters thought they would be. And, the outcomes come at the same time that many other areas are having similar impacts from the decisions.

Especially in the way of projects that depend on funding to be aided by "aid" from higher authorities.

What is often lost in the confusion and complexity of voting is that many other communities are simultaneously depending on "aid" from higher authorities, which is provided thanks to all communities providing help for whatever is needed anywhere.

That aid is better explained as taxes and assessments imposed by higher authorities, to distribute to places that don't have enough money to pay for their own projects. That includes places needing and getting help to pay for what they can't pay for themselves. And, for the salaries of those who handle the requesting, awarding and oversight of the distribution and oversight of the projects that places can't finance themselves.

Welcome to the merry-go-round that may "run down" without closer attention to maintenance demands.

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Joan E. Battey is a freelance political writer from Apalachin, NY. Her love of logical dot connecting and writing developed over many years of  typesetting and proof reading in small daily newspapers; ad agency and manufacturing office secretarial work, and volunteer work in libraries, animal welfare, political campaigns, and networks of people keeping abreast of the steady "reforms" in education. She is a regular columnist for Ether Zone.

Joan E. Battey can be reached at: jedithb@stny.rr.com

Published in the April 15, 2013 issue of  Ether Zone.
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