Stuff.co 2 August 2013Hubris is an insidious disease from which politicians habitually suffer. They mistakenly believe their knowledge and station in society places them in a far superior position to that of the public when it comes to deciding contentious issues such as local government reform – amalgamation – fluoridation and asset sales and so on.Of course, politicians will argue that they consult the public before their final decision is made.Regardless of what politicians believe, decision-making is not their exclusive domain.Paying lip service, offering a compassionate ear and a vote once every three years do not make New Zealand a democracy.Politicians are misguided if they believe that offering voters an opportunity to vent their spleen over these issues is all that is required for a robust and democratic society.http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/8993829/Votes-with-value-every-day
Batesville, In. — A recent study by WalletHub has ranked the best cities for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Dayton entered the list at 10 and Cleveland hit the list at 12.Here is a link to the complete study.