Greg Zaller: Participation is a must with a democracy |

Greg Zaller: Participation is a must with a democracy

Recently there has been quite a bit of back-and-forth discussion concerning a public inappropriate inflammatory accusation about our law enforcement community that has served to divide us and distract us.

Remember the firefighters going up the World Trade Center stairs to their death as frantic evacuees clamored down? We recently had a graphic example of this in our county when Search and Rescue volunteer Steve Wolf was shot and needed to be transported to a hospital in the most frightening and perilous of circumstances in a stunning story of bravery and commitment.

Our law enforcement personnel might face life-threatening circumstances at any moment. They live with this and their families live with this.

It is important for us to support these folks better than arguing about the appropriateness of an arrogant accusation and, as a democracy, get busy addressing the underlying causes of the deep and dangerous social problems they must deal with on a daily basis.

A democracy requires everyone’s participation to succeed and there are too many people on the sidelines.

If any one of us isn’t engaged with solutions then it is time to do so, regardless of age, ability, or anything else.

Greg Zaller

Nevada City

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