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Main Street musings as we watch the watchers
The gifts are unwrapped. The fridge is packed with colorful Tupperware containers containing untold quantities of unspecified leftovers. “Batteries not included” has become profanity in your home (or at least inspires it). Your family’s version of Cousin Eddie from “Christmas Vacation,” who came on Christmas Eve for the night, is still on your couch in his boxers with a beer in his hand.
David Vieira is a great conversationalist. As a local native and the state representative representing half of Falmouth, that skill comes in very handy as he makes his way around the district, advocating for and conversing with constituents he has known all of his life and those he has known all of a day.
Prolific American author Louis L’Amour understood local government. His father was a local politician in the Dakota Territory early in the western novelist’s life. So, when he offered his opinions on democracy, he had personal observations as a foundation for his thoughts. On democracy, he noted that, “to make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.”
Here’s the good news: with the election over, we get a reprieve from droning, incessant, negative TV ads on the candidates. Here’s the bad news: our television viewing will now return to droning, incessant ads pitching furniture, cars, and male performance enhancers. Not much of an improvement.
Rob Bowerman knows West Falmouth. In fact, you might say that Rob Bowerman is West Falmouth. A 12th-generation Falmouthite who lives in his family’s beautifully restored 18th-century homestead (in West Falmouth, of course), Rob and his wife, Robin, opened their historic home, shared some memories and anecdotes, and, along with some family and thespian friends, took us down a yellow brick road of anticipation for the Falmouth Theatre Guild’s production of “Wizard of Oz,” which opened at Highfield Theatre last week.
Tim Madden and Dave Vieira get it. The two state representatives whose districts encompass a portion of Falmouth come from different communities, different backgrounds, and hold differing political philosophies. However, their interests and their service to the community converge on one important concept—the service component of public service.