It does not have to be this way. There is no reason to allow special interests to work their agendas, righteous as they may be, without strong push-back and counterbalancing efforts such as thoughtful letters to the editors of the three local papers, and rational email messages to Town Hall. It's called activism and it works in a lot of ways. If you don't like the way some of our elected or appointed officials support these agendas, attend the public meetings and let them know it. Voting is activism; a turnout of 21 percent of registered voters is not. Don't vote, don't complain. Of course, when officials do a good job, that should be noted as well. If you don't like the way certain self-anointed, self-appointed, so-called high profile people push their agendas, go after them with letters to the editor and properly worded E-mail messages, and just call their bluff. That's activism.
If you sometimes don't like what you see on local television, change the channel and stop frequenting the particular show's sponsors and maybe tell your friends to do the same. That's very effective activism. If you are tired of the condescending and unresponsive attitude exhibited at times by certain public officials and/or administrators, take the issue in question to the people, discuss it with your friends, get signatures on a petition, and vote or pressure them out of office. If such an official responds, as is their frequent wont, by saying, "If you think you can do any better, why don't you run for my office," tell him or her to step down immediately and you will assume the position in question. And run for office, any office.