Thursday, May 2, 2013


May is town meeting time. Hand-painted signs are up. Citizens are expected to register and attend this meeting to vote on the business of the town. "Pure Democracy" is what New Englanders wanted out of their Revolution with England, and what they go to this very day.

In small halls that are sometimes unheated, sometimes without bathrooms, citizens vote on everything from new snow tires for the town police cruiser to setting asides land for a walking path to a new roof on the town hall or school. This is how democracy still works in New England in 2013 over 238 years after they asked it.....

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