First of all, Happy Valentine’s Day!

Secondly, no, the recent storm will not have deprived you of the opportunity to ask questions of town government at Speak Up. Mark down Saturday, Feb. 23, same place, same time of day for the rescheduled “Speak Up XXII.”

Had Speak Up proceeded during the “snowstorm of the Century” (the 21st Century, that is) last weekend, how many could have attended? The few who might have gotten to the event would have been disappointed, I’ll bet.

Many of the town’s officials would have been absent. Seeing to it that travel is made safe, that the lights get back on after power outages, and generally doing what we elect them to do are good reasons for public officials to not be at Speak Up!

But the League of Women Voters of Weston has managed to make proverbial lemonade out of a (frozen) lemon by rescheduling the snowed-out Speak Up. Plan to be at Weston Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10:30 to noon.

This Speak Up will be particularly special, because it will follow directly on the heels of a first-of-its-kind LWV of Weston event.

“Hard Budget Choices Ahead: A Conversation with Congressman Jim Himes.” Bring your lunch, and bring your thoughts and concerns on this topic to Weston Town Hall’s Commission Room, between noon and 1:30 on Friday, Feb. 22.

Beverages (coffee and tea) will be provided by the League of Women Voters. You will provide the questions for Congressman Himes.

What a way to warm up for Speak Up the next morning!

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Already the interest groups are in full cry this year, at the state level. Name the issue, and I can find a bill that either favors one end of the spectrum of opinion or the other. Washington, D.C., doesn’t have a monopoly on polarization.

And not just about gun safety, either. Although our Board of Selectmen has certainly come under the microscope — or should I say, in the sights of — Second Amendment discussions everywhere.

The board’s recent meeting at which that issue was addressed certainly must have been eye-opening to those non-Westonites who attended. And to those who have been following our discussions from afar. Leave it to the citizens of our town to show up and say their piece eloquently, without passion or rancor.

I was at that Board of Selectmen open discussion in the Middle School cafeteria. What was clear to me was how much the manner and manners of the audience members made it possible for them to present their cases compellingly. I am grateful to the members of the board for giving the people of Weston this opportunity to shine.

Although at the state level we often may be under the radar when it comes to things like education spending debates, we have shown more than a few people that we are the real deal.

It is these kinds of thoughtful Westonites who tend to show up at Speak Up, to pose intellectually challenging questions that often more than one public official will feel inclined to respond to.

And a Happy Valentine’s Day to the town of Weston, whose public officials and employees are terrific people. They deserve our support and encouragement.

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