To the Editor:
A functioning democracy requires the participation of its citizens. That is something that we in the United States take for granted.
But the reality is that very few people actually take the time and trouble to take part in their local political processes, leaving decisions that affect them to be made by the very few activists.
By participation, I don’t just mean speaking up at annual town meeting. Participation means running for office, joining committees, and attending town committee meetings in which you have an interest.
If you don’t take part, what right do you have to complain?
We have elections coming up soon in Oak Bluffs. The deadline for taking out a nominating petition is February 22. Go to the town clerk for details.