There’s nothing more quintessentially American than a town hall meeting. Within its ethos is the important founding principle that political foes must grudgingly become partners as they engage conflicting ideas in order to govern. It’s the old-fashioned spirit of rolling up our sleeves and just getting it done.
Our annual town hall pairs commissioners from the City of Tallahassee and Leon County to have a constructive (and neighborly) cross-governmental discussion about where we are, where we’re going and what the challenges out there on the horizon might be. You know, democracy. Booyah. (Look – Washington – at how it’s done.) Our town hall is facilitated by Tallahassee Democrat Publisher Skip Foster – and powered by Leadership Tallahassee. (Read us blathering on about Tocqueville and America and just what an important thing you’re doing by moseying on down to the town hall when really it just seemed like something small.)
In a time when too many town hall meetings make the news with fistfights (egged on by professional polarizers who make big money – or win elections – if we can’t stand each other) we think it’s past time to breathe a little new life in the old-fashioned town hall. Lost in all the time we focus on the highly divisive national slugfest are the issues that affect us locally, personally, everyday. Besides, if we’re not showing up to help make the decisions important in our hometown, who will?