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Everything Bremerton: Explore your opportunities

The more I become involved, the more opportunities for involvement I discover. It continues to amaze me how many options the average citizen of this community has to become involved, be heard, serve a purpose and make a difference. You simply have to choose to show up, grab the opportunity with both hands and hold on.

Many of our elected officials want to hear what the average citizen has to say. Really, they do. Do not let the handful that come off as unapproachable stand in your way. The power of public input at the local level is considerable. Find your passion, explore your options and wade into the pool. Here are just a couple of examples:

The Bremerton City Council. I have been assured by two of the councilmembers that I know personally that letters from the public submitted to the council are taken very seriously and shared with every council member. Do not be afraid to write them about problems and concerns you have with your neighborhood, city, or their decision making. Do not be afraid to write them when you have something good to say as well. I understand from my own attendance at recent City Council meetings that there will soon be a call for citizens to serve on a City Parking Advisory Committee. Here is an opportunity for residents and business owners to make a big difference in one of the largest issues our city faces. Step up, serve and be heard.

The Bremerton School District. Letters from the public to the school board, as well as personal testimony from citizens, allowed at the start of every school board meeting, indeed makes a big difference. I know I have used both. Currently the district has formed a Finance Committee. Right now the ratio is two staff members to every one average non-district employee citizens. That ratio needs to change and find a better balance. We need more citizens and their voices. Please contact Wayne Lindberg, the district finance and operations director at the main office, if you would like to serve.

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. What is your passion? What would you like to learn more about in your community? Where would your life experience and knowledge serve best? Get out there. Go to the Web sites, find the community opportunities available and pick one. A little bit of dedicated service from all of us can make a big difference when it comes to improving Bremerton.

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