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Good government begins with the vote

mccivicfedFor decades now, media pundits have bemoaned the influence of special interests over elections, as well as the functioning of government in general.  No sooner had Congress approved the McCain-Feingold Act to close Federal election finance loopholes, and the President signed the bill into law, than special interests invented a creative new way to circumvent the law and funnel soft money to their chosen candidates for elected office.

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Including citizens in government decisions

mccivicfedFive years ago I would never have dreamed that the community, developers, the advisory board and urban district could cooperate on anything.  By a fluke of fate, my community was given an opportunity to collaborate with a developer of a commercial property which abuts a residential neighborhood of single family homes.  The success of this collaboration led our community to pioneer a process of community inclusion which I call Micro to Macro©. 

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A capital idea...

mccivicfedDid you ever wonder how funding for new county facilities, or improvements to existing ones, are funded?  And where do the ideas come from for an intersection improvement, for example, or a doggy play area in a community park?  The Civic Federation will try and get answers to these questions and more when they host a program entitled "How to get your community's request in the county's Capital Improvements Program" at their October 13 monthly meeting.

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Federation looking for young activists to step up and get involved

mccivicfedDuring the twelve years I have been a delegate to the Montgomery County Civic Federation, I have known thirteen colleagues who "died in the saddle."  That's an old cowboy expression for someone who passes on to the next world while still working--in this case, working as civic activists for the betterment of the county.

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Aging residents and county service access

mccivicfedThe first time I called the county government for a "special trash" pick-up was about forty years ago.  I was twenty some years old, and living in a home in Takoma Park that I had rented with four friends who were former college chums.  As I recall, we called for the pick-up in order to dispose of an old, beat-up sofa and a few other items too large to fit in the can used for our "regular" weekly trash pick-ups.

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Introducing the Federation

mccivicfedAs I have been involved with the Montgomery County Civic Federation (MCCF) for several years now, it always comes as a surprise when I happen upon a county resident who does not know of the group's existence or function.  For those readers who may not be familiar with the MCCF, allow me to introduce you to the organization.

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