Democracy, in large part, is based on the majority rule. But sometimes it's the minority that gets what it wants.
That becomes especially evident in small town politics, where it's often a small, yet vocal group of people that catches the ear of elected officials. Call it the "squeaky wheel" strategy. And some politicians are more than happy to provide the oil.
Respected elected officials try to keep all their constituents in mind when making decisions, but they can and are often influenced by those speaking before them at the podium. These people are, more often than not, speaking for themselves or a special interest, and not the public at large.
That's why it is important that people from throughout the community share their opinions with the local city council, county commissioners or school board.
If you're not happy with the decision a government entity has made, or is about to make, then show up next time and speak up. Take the time to express how you feel and why, and come well armed with facts and figures.
Rather than join those who whine and complain about a decision after the fact, join those who are actively trying to make a difference in their community and attend meetings. Make it your New Year's resolution.
Remember, you and your family are the ones who have to live with the decisions that are all too often influenced by the minority.