I respect our officials on every level of government. I may not always agree with them, but those officials were either elected by the people or put in place by those elected officials whom we felt could make the best decision for us.
A representative government is truly unique because it allows people to express their opinions through votes, and those votes symbolize a trust in those officials elected. I believe most folks, who elected or appointed to a position, start their terms in good faith and with a feeling they can accomplish positive things for their community.
During the course of every official’s career, there are tough choices to be made. A choice may have a positive effect for some, and that same choice may have a negative effect for others. Officials are charged with the duty of making that choice for the people.
The problem is when officials stop making choices for the people and start making them for themselves and their own well-being. Unfortunately, this sometimes happens.
Officials are humans and make mistakes. It’s OK to forgive those people. That doesn’t mean there’s no recourse for their actions. It means they admit their mistakes and people forgive that individual for being human; we all move ahead.
The struggle with forgiveness of a public official is those poor decisions they’ve made have an effect on so many others.
I am an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Reagan Middle School. It’s my job to create enthusiasm for local and national government.
This will be my second year not having a chance to take my students to city hall to show them how their local government runs because of actions of individuals.
My students will ask me: “We didn’t do anything. Why are we being punished?”
To that, I have no real response.
Note to readers – Chris Bishop is a social studies and reading instructor and head wrestling coach for Dixon High School.