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Civics Sunday: Where Do We Go from Here?

by The Publishers
June 2, 2019

The Civics Sunday column of the Holliston Reporter enters its fourth month today. Intended as a review for some and an introduction for others to Holliston’s town government, articles have presented topics such as the Town Meeting, Annual Election, boards, committees, and elected and appointed positions.  During Election time, Civics Sunday brought readers the Town Warrant, the Ballot, Statements of Candidacy, (Many thanks to all candidates who chose to send a statement to us for publication) and finally, Election Results.

Some readers have shared their thoughts electronically or in person about Civics Sunday columns and topics.  One faithful follower reported re-reading all Civics Sunday columns prior to arriving at the polls on May 21!  We are interested in learning more from you, especially concerning desired content. 

We’ve devised a short on-line survey to gather your ideas.  Results from the survey will provide us with some simple answers to the complex problem of “Where do we go from here?” 

A quick review before the survey:

CIVICS: the study of the rights (privileges) and duties (responsibilities) of citizens.

The following chart is from the US Citizenship and Immigration Service:

Rights    Responsibilities
Freedom to express yourself. Support and defend the Constitution.
Freedom to worship as you wish. Stay informed of the issues affecting your community.
Right to a prompt, fair trial by jury. Participate in the democratic process.
Right to vote in elections for public officials. Respect and obey federal, state, and local laws.
Right to apply for federal employment requiring U.S. citizenship. Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others.
Right to run for elected office. Participate in your local community.
Freedom to pursue, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Pay income and other taxes honestly, and on time, to federal, state, and local authorities.
  Serve on a jury when called upon.
  Defend the country if the need should arise.

Use this link to complete our surveyhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WCG3LVX  (Despite the name, SurveyMonkey, this data collection site is real and secure and your data are not used by anyone but the Holliston Reporter.)

If there is more that you would like to tell us, please email us: Pubs.holliston.reporter@gmail.com 

Thank you for your time.  Chris and Yvette Cain

 

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