As I start this letter, let me quote Article 1, Section 2 of the constitution of Iowa: “All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for the protection, security, and benefit of the people, and they have the right, at all times, to alter or reform the same, whenever the public good may require it.”

As the constitution says, all political power is with the people and all elected officials should be responsive to that public.

Our elected government is not a closed club where decisions are made, without the light of public scrutiny, but should be in full view of said public. People who disagree should not be labeled as malcontents, troublemaker, agitators, etc.

In a democracy, we all have the right to express our opinions without being labeled, while we may not agree, we should be civil to each other. In government, the art of compromise should be our very best goal, but in our city government, it is our way or hit the road. Possibly it is time for a change.

Let’s start to work together for the best Manchester. What do you think?