Something to Make Us Proud as we pay taxes to our town
Over the past weekend, the Cape Cod Today news staff was busy on several developing stories. In the context of that work, Sunday afternoon we sent emails several different public officials in the mid and lower Cape region.
What a pleasant surprise that every one of those public servants took time out of their Sunday afternoon to respond to our messages, including one who wrote an extensive, thoughtful reply to one of our stories on his Droid smart phone and emailed it to us less than an hour after we reached out to him.
Local news publications keep local government on task and accountable to the taxpayers. While we are not always in agreement with local officials, the fact that 100 percent of the officials we contacted Sunday afternoon responded to us within an hour speaks well of those we choose to employ in town government. Wired-news men and women in the 21st. century are often frustrated by older officials who seem oblivious to the fact the news is mostly online today with less than 17 percent of Americans under the age of 40 reading a daily newspaper. It's most encouraging to discover how "hip" Cape Cod's town employees are.
Not politicians, but town employees all
None of those we contacted are elected officials - they're all professionals employed by various town governments and school districts. Among those town employees to obviously care enough about their professional and taxpayer support were Carolyn Craigin, Superintendent of the Monomoy School District, Richard Hoffmann, Superintendent of Nauset School District and Paul Niles, Director of the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School and Mark Burdnick, Director of the Orleans Highway Department.
Their dedication is surely one of town government's best kept secrets.
We thank both our friends and adversaries in municipal government for their responsiveness. While the relationship between media and government, by its very nature, is often a contentious one, it is a privilege to work with dedicated professionals like those who corresponded with us on Sunday.