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ABOUT TOWN: Global village

We live in a proverbial global village. Thanks to the Internet and some portals there, we are able to visit anywhere on Earth, and even outer space.

Knowing so much more than we ever did before about foreign places breeds overexposure. Jumbles of reports cry out for attention, which makes a lot of information suspect, for me. I take everything with a grain of salt.

I approach the term global village from the point of view of a city planner. To me, a village is a really small place. Businesses, schools, and municipal buildings in one general location, that is walkable from one end to the other. A friendly place. Sort of like Weston.

The challenges our community has faced recently we have faced together. Power outages? Open town hall, schools, and the library. I have every confidence that Weston, the village, gets it. We are one when it comes to widespread power outages.

Traffic is a staple of local government concern. There are some intersections and roadways that particularly show up on the local issues radar. In the near term, step one toward making Old Mill Road safer is going to happen. The Board of Finance recently gave its approval, after a long debate, to cutting down 32 trees to improve visibility for users of that road.

Police, the town engineer, and the finance board members acknowledged that this may be the beginning of a larger effort. Safety on our roads is much in the forefront of matters facing the Police Commission.

I am not so certain about larger communities. Cultural differences still divide one from the other. Religious differences as well. “Come let us reason together” indeed. Are we doomed to duplicate our mistakes?

George Santayana said it best: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Elections

In the spirit of reasoning together, coming soon will be presidential and vice presidential debates. These follow on the heels of political party conventions, which showed off qualities in candidates, and platform and procedural differences, too.

For me, the two highlights were those segments where the unexpected happened. Those who missed these moments can see them at their convenience on YouTube. Again and again. At the G.O.P. convention it was Clint Eastwood, improvising. That surprised me! And how about that notorious repeated voice vote at the Democratic convention?

Moving down the ballot, party primaries over, the U.S. Senate race heats up. And the congressional race unfolds, too. But with all the noise, all the drama, are we forgetting about state legislative contests?

Weston is a small town. Off the beaten path. We don’t crave the spotlight. Furthermore, nobody running for office has to worry about getting out the vote in a presidential election year!

About 90% of our registered voters show up at the Weston Middle School every fourth year, in part to vote in the big national contest. I am sure this year will be no different.

Locally, voters will get a chance to get to better know our state legislative candidates in a debate presented by the League of Women Voters of Weston on Saturday, Oct. 13, beginning at 10:30 a.m. See forthcoming editions of The Forum for more details, and announcement of the location.

We will keep a close eye on this local opportunity to see political candidates who will be on our November ballot debate, live and in person.

NOTE: “About Town” is also a TV program, Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 to 6 p.m., Channel 88.

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