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How does local government affect you?

Did you know that the level of government that most affects you daily is much closer to home than the White House, the halls of Congress or even your state capitol building? Your local government - city council, county commissioners, etc. - is the level of governance responsible for establishing the speed limit on the streets in your town, setting rules for business, industrial and residential development, funding the public schools and ensuring that there are adequate numbers of police and firefighters on duty.  These representatives live and work in your area and have a significant impact on your life every day.

Where do local governments get their authority?

The Constitution of the United States, while delineating the authority of the federal government, does not even mention local governments. These units of authority, from the mayor's office to the county clerk, are established by individual states.

Each state grants authority to local government through written rules called charters, often detailed in the state’s constitution. These charters may be specific to the municipality, as is the case with home rule charters for certain cities, or they can be based on features, like size or population, of the communities. Sometimes special charters are drafted for towns with unique situations, such as geographic distances or specialized industries.

The structure of local government varies from state to state and town to town but usually mirrors the separation of powers found in the federal government. Most towns and cities have a mayor, who serves as the city’s chief executive; much like the president is to the U.S. federal government. The legislative branch of local governments is made up of a group of elected representatives, often called the city council, town council, board of commissioners, or city commission and it serves the function of a local congress. These officials propose debate and sometimes enact new local laws and regulations. In some cities, the mayor is a voting member of the city council; in others, they simply approve or veto legislation that the council approves.
In addition to these officials, school boards are officials who are normally elected and oversee the local school district. The school board is responsible for many of the legislative decisions that affect the public school systems, from approving textbooks in the classes to managing school construction. Additional local government entities manage certain parts of the day-to-day operations of the city or town, like are the zoning commission, appointed officials who manage construction permits and codes, and the parks and recreation department, overseeing public spaces throughout the area.

These local government bodies are usually composed of officials appointed by the mayor and are responsible for a specific function in government.

How local governments work, an example

In order to better understand how local government works and how it affects you, let’s take a look at an example from the city of Philadelphia.  In January 2007, Philadelphia city council enacted a smoking ban, forbidding smoking in all offices, public areas, restaurants and most bars. The legislation took much time, work and compromise before the ban could finally be approved by the council. Several proposals, health studies, debates and public hearings took place before it was ultimately adopted.

“It took six years to get this done, so there were numerous changes, additions, different bills, all kinds of  stuff that we did in order to craft something that was good and that a majority of people could agree to,” said Mayor Michael Nutter in a Student Voices interview.

Nutter drafted the legislation when he was serving as a city council member, citing the public health concerns regarding second-hand-smoke and research that suggested reduced exposure could lower rates of cancer and respiratory ailments. According to a 2002 study, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that second hand smoke causes 3,000 nonsmokers to die of lung cancer and 300,000 children to suffer from respiratory tract infections in the U.S. each year. At the time, health organizations were trying to sway policymakers into drafting smoking bans, and Nutter listened to their arguments.

But many local business leaders - like the owners of bars and restaurants - were concerned that a smoking ban would hurt their business. They argued that their businesses would be hurt because fewer people would patronize their bars and restaurants because they could not smoke in them, and they too contacted the City Council to express their concerns.

When the proposal of a smoking ban came before the city council, officials had to weigh the benefits to residents' health with economic costs the ban would have on local businesses like bars and restaurants.

After years of public input and many debates among council members, a compromise was struck and the legislation was passed. Business owners were able to get the city council to ease restrictions on some business while smoking was eliminated in most public places and businesses, protecting public health.

“Policy change, like this, might be seen by some as radical so you start out with one idea and certainly we would have wanted a pretty extensive prohibition on smoking in virtually any public space, “said Nutter.  “But we did make some exceptions, small, but still some exceptions because all in all in the policy making business often you will make some compromises.”

Contacting your local representatives

Like the smoking ban shows, local policy is not created solely by government officials; it takes the work and interest of the citizens they represent to help enact change. Just as it is part of every representative's duty to act on behalf of his or her constituents, it is also your duty to make sure your representatives are aware of problems and concerns that exist in your community and areas that are in need of improvements.

The first step towards communicating your views with those in office is to stay informed. Read your local newspaper and learn as much as you can about the issues you are going to present to your local officials. When a concern arises, you’ll need to find out which official is responsible for addressing the issue. For example, if you are concerned about street conditions in your community, you should contact your local city council member or the streets department.

To get in touch with your local government officials, you can contact them by email, phone, or by mail. To find out more information about your local government, use the Student Voices Go Local section on the homepage.  Click "Find Your Local Elected Officials" and enter your address to see who represents you. When there is an issue in your community, get informed and make your voice heard to the people in charge!

What do you think?

What kinds of concerns do you have in your community? How can you get involved to help inform representatives about what to do? Have you ever contacted your local government about an issue in your neighborhood? Join the discussion!
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12/21/2016
Santa Monica/California
Katherine
Ms.Murphy/John Adams Middle School
In what ways and in how many ways does your state legislature and the laws it makes affect your daily life in the community?

1/12/2016
maryland harfocounty
emily
mrs.maio north harford
why do the government not do anything about the money? what I mean by that is why does the gas money go up like every day and why do the prises always go up a lot. exspesilly with gas a dollor is a lot for gas. so really what I mean is why do they always change the prises? if the government aren't the one who changes then then sorry for asking but if you could get the answer then that would be then better hen asking for it. then again thank you if you get this if you could answer I then I really apressate it :) thnks & go U.S.A :)

12/11/2015
lubbock/texas
kaden roach
glasscook/rma
I believe that are state government is very prestige in its on right and you only go up so possibly to being federal representative.

6/6/2015
Calgary
Gurnaz Billing
Prince of peace Lutheran Church and school
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5/19/2015
Visalia ca, 93277
Jovany
wt withney higth school
how long is the term of office for the elected officials in your local government

5/5/2015
Utah 3/20/2015
lexie
Mr.Dillworth
How you cant smoke in restaurants or bars. Also how you can have a firearm in your household. Another reason is how you have to pay for things like food. You need to follow the state laws, like keep off off of private property. You can not not pay your taxes. You have to follow the laws, or you will get punished. I AM AMAZING

3/20/2015
Utah
Lexie
Mr.Dillworth
How you cant smoke in restaurants or bars. Also how you can have a firearm in your household. Another reason is how you have to pay for things like food. You need to follow the state laws, like keep off off of private property. You can not not pay your taxes. You have to follow the laws, or you will get punished. I AM AMAZING

3/20/2015
Utah
RCA
Dilworth
will the government take your house and your propertey and your money and will your childern. Can you do any thing about that and will the govenment take your perminson.

3/20/2015
Utah
AL
Frointeer Middle School
That the government take control of most thing and also police and firefighters. They control the speed limit and publics school. Every state grants authority to local government through written rules that is called charters. School boards are officials who are normally elected and oversee the local school district. These official debate and sometimes enact new local laws and regulations. Overseeing public spaces throughout th area.

3/20/2015
Eagle Mountain
shayla
mr.dilworth
It effects the state so much with the smoking and all that stuff. I think school is a good benefit. Because it gives a good education, And so you can get a good job, And so you don't have to be stupid and look down on your life. And it shows people its a good used to your time. And if your going to do something get a good education. Another thing is that that smoking can be banned from anywhere so if they don't like it and they don't want they place to smell like it they can ban it. some concerns I have for the community is that there so many people thronging trash everywhere that they would have to do community service for what they done so I think its good that the government does that so we don't have it everywhere. I can get involved by even telling people to pick up their trash and even pick up my self.:)

3/20/2015
utah
kathrine
M.R. Dielworth
The government that is in charge and will have them most impact on daily live in our city right next to us. They even decide our speed limits, and local laws. I didn't know that. Maybe everyone else did I don't know. Also in this thing to the left of all the comments says that local government can even band smoking and stuff like that in many areas of the city. I think that it is a good thing to have the people in charge of the rules live where there affected as well. There much less likely to make unfair rules. I don't wan't this to be taken wrongly I'm not wanting to suggest that your or my city government would make unfair laws but there less likely to do that if they have to fallow the laws they make too. That way if a local law is no good they will find out sooner and get it fixed. I hope you get what I'm saying otherwise I would feel like I'm just typing for no reason at all.

3/20/2015
Utah
Janica
Frontier
The government affects you by making you go to school. If the government didn't make you go to school many kids wouldn't. They would stunt their own intellectual growth, and probably become farmers. The city can ban certain things. It can make it so that people can't smoke at parks. If they didn't ban smoking at parks, kids would have a higher chance of second hand smoke. The government affects states in many ways.

3/20/2015
eagle mountain
Kayley
fronteir
#1 The government makes me go to school.#2Like the smoking in places you are not aloud to.#3Keeping your house clean if you have a foster child#4It makes you not littering places like as park.#5You have to live in a house in order to have a foster child . Opinon#1 In my opinion I think no matter where you go you have to be motist. Opinon#2 In my opinon I think if you rent a house you cant smoke in the back yard.

3/20/2015
utah
kd
mr.dilworth
How the government affect our world today? For example, school. School is very educational controled by the government. It is a very well known requirment for kids and adults to go to school. School is very helpful. Its can be hard, but without it we wouldn't be very smart. The local government controls a lot. Most people listen to the rules of the government. But also some people don't, which make them bad people, which is not good. So we have to listen.

3/20/2015
Utah
Eduardo
Frontier Middle School
Government has control over everything they make the rules to everything Also the government has the right to take away private property but they have to pay you. they can also help in a lot of ways. For example in 2007 Philadelphia city council enacted a smoking ban They grant authority to people. So the government helps but also does not. The government also enforces taxes for everything.

3/20/2015
eagle mountain Utah
Zealan
Frontier Middle School
It affects the state because in Utah they have the right to take some private land and use it for public use only. They have to pay the owner money to take apart of their land. It is good because they can also make laws because if we didn't have laws then we would have a lot of killings. They also have good cops to keep all of us safe. Though sometimes we don't like laws but its good for us. Also it affects us by making taxes so the teachers get paid.

3/20/2015
Eagle Mtn.,Utah
Braxton
Frontier middle school
The way the government affects me is in a good way. It gives me freedom of a lot of things one is freedom of speech. It affects the state too. Once again in a good way the government will pay for buying your land. Here's one thing that will affect me though. The government will take your money from taxes. They do use some money to fix roads though.

3/20/2015
utah
Ethan aka Mr.Dillworth's favorite student
Mr.Dillworth
We have to pay taxes. We can not smoke in most public places. You have to pay to get stuff like food. All states have a state constitution. All sates enforce the law and will punish the people that do not follow the laws. Fire fighters are here to protect us.

3/20/2015
utah
Ethan aka Mr.Dillworth's favorite student
Mr.Dillworth
We have to pay taxes. We can not smoke in most public places. You have to pay to get stuff like food. All states have a state constitution. All sates enforce the law and will punish the people that do not follow the laws. Fire fighters are here to protect us.

3/20/2015
eagle mountain
Stephanie
Frouter middle school
The local government effects us a lot every day. They are the ones who do the local funding for public schools. They make our cites more safer because they make the speed limits. They also make our cites safer by making sure police officers and firefighters are on duty so that we can be safe. The local government also takes care of problems in the city like pot holes. They are the ones who can ban things in cities like smoking in offices, and public areas. Those are some reasons why local government is important in our cities.

3/20/2015
eagle mountain
Annika
frontier middle school
The government effects me by the police and firemen all around us. The benefits of having the government is all the police and firemen and how we can go to school. Going to school is an awesome privilege to have. With out the government we wouldn't have the great education that we have today. We have all these awesome things from the government, if we didn't have the government then we wouldn't have firemen, polices, school, and other things. With out school we couldn't get all the great jobs in the future. The government is a great thing to have.

3/20/2015
Utah
PJS
Mr. Dilworth
I think that the local government affects us by how we get around and live our lives. The government affects us by everything. If we didn't have the government the world would be in more chaos then it already has fallen into. There would be wars around every corner! The government is the walls of all the fifty states of America. I wouldn't know how to live if everything was in chaos. The world would be terrible and everyone wouldn't have time to learn or anything. Everything would be about trying to survive. It's kind of like if zombies were real! :D

3/20/2015
eagle mountain utah
summer
frontier middle school
How does the government affect me? The government affect me by, having to go to school. I think its a great thing that kids have an opportunity to learn and go to school. School can give you a great education and great scholarships. It is a privilege that the government helps kids go to school and learn and grow. School can also help you get a great carrier to earn money for your family. The government affects me in many ways all around me.

3/20/2015
Eagle Mountian, Utah
Madison
Frontier Middle School
Are local government affects us in many ways. They are responsible for our speed limits, funds for things like public schools, and residential development. These are just a few examples of what they do for us. The government make sure police and firefighters are up to date and working well. Government takes care of the laws and crimes in our neighborhood. Government is not just the white house and state building. It is your neighborhood city council building. They run the neighbor hoods, the state runs counties, and the government runs the United States of America. That is how our local government affects us.

3/20/2015
on the Moon, dark-side
Johnny
Mr. Dilworth
In the United States of America, all of the fifty states of America are united together to make choices as one. And also, two Senators from each state who go to the White-House to make these choices. And then the Congress also has to agree for these things to happen, which follows by the three branches of government. And each state is affected by the population and the communities. Each state is also affected by the roads, each state is growing as the population is getting bigger and bigger. The government affects me because we have to got o school almost every single day. And it affects me also because we have to pay taxes on almost everything that we purchase.

3/20/2015
utah
kc
Mr.Dilworth
The government effects our daily life by funding schools. The government makes us go to school every weekday. The government influences laws such as, curfew and a lot more. We can put in some input to the government so the government includes us in decisions sometimes witch effects us. They give us guidelines and rules we have to follow. They make sure people are doing their jobs. The government tries to keep our community and neighborhoods safe. ,

3/20/2015
Orem Utah
Zachary
Mr. Dilworth
The government affects me by the way they take our money. It makes me mad how they always have to take our money. we have kids to provide for. it Doesn't really help is the government keeps taking our so called "taxes" what's the point in taxes. we need our money. What would you rater have us living in a house with money or on the streets starving? My point exactly!

3/20/2015
Utah Eagle Mountain
Josh
Dilworth
It affects our state because. They make the rules that we must abide bye. And the rules we live bye we pay tax's. We use their laws and use their public schools land national and state parks. And everything that is run bye the government they make roads and build houses . Everything the government does affects us. So that's how the government affects us.

3/20/2015
Eagle Mountian, Utah
Madison
Frontier Middle School
Are local government affects us in many ways. They are responsible for our speed limits, funds for things like public schools, and residential development. These are just a few examples of what they do for us. The government make sure police and firefighters are up to date and working well. Government takes care of the laws and crimes in our neighborhood. Government is not just the white house and state building. It is your neighborhood city council building. They run the neighbor hoods, the state runs counties, and the government runs the United States of America. That is how our local government affects us.

3/20/2015
Eagle Mountain, Utah
Jessi
Dilworth
Local government effects me in a lot of ways. One of those ways is school. The government is the thing having me go to school. The government is also how my schools get funding to run. School effects me and all my friends everyday for many reasons. Going to school, doing homework for school, and studying for tests. This is just one of the ways that the government effects me.

3/20/2015
eagle mountain
Jacob
Mr.Dillworth
I think that the main way the government affects Utah is the roads. Utah is one of the fastest growing states in America with that. Comes road construction by the government and traffic from road construction. And when community's grow there are bigger roads made which can take peoples property. And houses and effects lots of people because if community's keep growing and growing. There are highways put there. And they take up space and houses. have to be removed

3/20/2015
Orem Utah
Zachary
Mr. Dilworth
The government affects me by the way they take our money. It makes me mad how they alwas have to take our money. we have kids to provide for. it don't really help is the government keeps takeing our so called "taxes" whats the point in taxes. we need our money. What would you rater have us living in a house with money or on the streets starving? My point exactly!

3/20/2015
Eagle Mountain, Utah
andrew
Mr.Dilworth
The Government consists of city council, county commissioners, e.t.c.. The constitution does not include local government. These units are determined by individual states. The structures of the government varies between states. School boards and officials are elected. The government effects us by making speed limits, rules for business, and funding for schools. It also effects me by elected officials becouse they are not just chosen. THE END

3/20/2015
Utah
Aubrie
Dilworth
The government controls a lot. For example, states and cities need something to get it organized. So the states, towns, and cities are separated. Most towns and cities have a mayor. That makes it easier to keep things organized. All these things are owned by the government. School is a very good reason because the local government bodies are responsible function in government.

3/20/2015
New York
$JMoney$
Dillworth
Does the government take taxes for the state or for themselves. will the government stop with taxes. would it impact society and or the government. by doing this will it cause in an upset. will America fall or grow by this. America I think will grow. the people will be more happy and life will be good.

3/20/2015
Utah
ShiAnne
Mr. Dillworth
The government can take away things that could effect your lifestyle by taking away things that you do often for examples there are places you can not smoke. That can take away things that you do. Each state has there own laws that can effect you to if you move from state to state. The U.S government helps with all of this too. The U.S laws do take place in every state. They do have to address problems that are happening in state. If you are doing what's right and others aren't it could effect you. There are many more problems that can effect us in every day situation.

3/20/2015
Orem Utah
Zachary
Mr. Dilworth
The Government affects me by the way they run things. it makes me mad that they always have to take our money. some people have kids they need to take care of. not all of us have the money to provide for our kids. it dose not help if the government keeps taking our money. the government affects me by how Obama takes our money. Like I said we have kids to take care for. that's how the government affects me.

3/20/2015
Eagle mtn
katira
Mr. dilworth
I have never contacted the local government for anything. the government gives us guide lines.

3/20/2015
eagle mtn
katira
dilworth
This impacts my life by police and firefighters helping us. The government gives us guidelines.

3/20/2015
utah
Maizie
Frontier Middle School
The government provides people that provides us with protection. Also the provide rules that keep us safe. And the provide the law that helps with people do the right thing. They also provide rules for people to have an education.

3/20/2015
Eagtle Mountain/UT
Isaac Kofi Anderson
Andrie Dilworth
From the streets we drive to school attend to,well,a lot of other things,it is the city councils and the mayors and the school board members who really affect our day to day lives. That is why getting involved at the community level is such an important responsibility.

3/20/2015
eagle mountain/utah
lewis
dilworth/alpine school district
They are trying to take away our right to guns. guns is a thing that protects us from bad people. science Obama became president 11,472,000. Our nation lost its AAA credit rating because Obama is spending so much money.The NSA has spied on Americans under Obama. Under Obama the CIA has spied on the senator. Obama is taking 700 million dollars out of medicare and into Obama.

3/20/2015
Utah
East
FMS
The government affects the state by making laws for the U.S. and that goes for Utah. The state gives us rights from the constitution of the United States. Like the freedom of speech is one of the freedoms we get. There are also laws and if you break one you go to jail/prison. The're are several things you can and can't do because of the government.

3/20/2015
Utah
Braxton
Mr. Dilworth
Bad things have to happen for us to get good things like spending money on the things that keep the school rolling. Without schools we wouldn't be able to have the jobs that everybody has today. Today everybody is able to have all the amzing jobs the people can do for just only for 22 years and will probably get shorter or longer for the time being. But we have things that people are going to improve in the future. The future awaits everybody. So don't quit on school, keep going and make ti to the end of college. All these people are trying as heard as people that have a good chance in the world. Soon the electronics will be able to tell us what we need to do for the day one by one. So we only have one chance end were still using that chance to take care or us in the future.

3/20/2015
Eagle Mountain UT
Daniel
Mr. Dilworth
The Government needs to stop worrying about uneccessary stuff and put a big stop to average normal people taking an advantage of welfare and social security.

3/20/2015
Eagle Mountain, Utah
Augustus
Dilworth/Frontier Middle School
One reason on how the government has effected me is that they had me go to school. And the "Common Core" thing is stupid. Most things that i learn is completely different then what my father learned. Some people are trying to take away are fire arms. Another thing is our current president (Obama) is spending a lot of money. And every one is in the government think he is the best person in the world but what is really happening is that he is making him look good by making look like it is for a good purpose. And taking so much taxes from us and using it for stupid things like redoing roads when we can be using that money to pay of the 7.5 billion dollars of debt we have. My dad always comes home and talks about how much Obama takes out of his pay at work. And that is bugging the freaking....... something out of me.

3/20/2015
Utah
Madison
Mr. Dilworth
The Government Effects the United States because they control our State and what we have to do to live in that State. Also control what buildings and roads advertising signs goes where. The Government can't tell you that they're going to destroy your house unless they pay you money and you agree with it. The government isn't really a good thing but sometimes they can be. They are the people who divide our cities and schools from neighborhoods. They impact our lives everyday.

3/20/2015
Eagle Mountain, Utah
Shyloe
Frontier Middle School
The state of Utah makes laws that tell you what age you are allowed to drink. It also gives you a curfew for when you are not supposed to be out. It also tells you that you have to attend school. The government also tells you what age you can vote.

3/20/2015
utah
pasta
dilworth
I think we need to speed up the schools buses so that students wont come to school late. The government should help schools get more money to speed up buses like we could fix the roads add extra tires to buses. The government is responsible to help people in need they don't help poor people that much. They could at least upgrade the schools buses. Thousands of students get late because buses are slow because of the government. The government should take away speed bumps. We should remake buses so better, faster, and stronger so students will not be late for school.

3/20/2015
Utah
Shae
Frontier Middle school
The local government makes the laws and there would be no laws without them. I Honestly think that how it affects me is that the rights for people are only fair if they actually take time to think about there actions. Many laws with the state are not really focused on and it is broken all the time and no one cares. The government needs to make the officers focus on what crime is going on around them. Government affects me because of how many criminals are going just walking around by my neighborhood. I personally feel unsafe even when I'm walking around my neighbor hood in a group.

3/20/2015
Utah
SEA
Dilworth
It affect us by not letting people smoke in certain spots in restaurants to keep us safe. So it will help keep us safe. It will help us with our city laws so that we don't go out of the line. The help keep people in balance. They help be justified. There is a judge that will live here so he know what we need. This is how the government effects a state.

3/20/2015
Utah
Saydria/Sage/Nacho
FRONTIER
the government makes us go to school. it makes rules and laws. it helps prevent bad guys. the city council makes city laws. without it people would fight. at least more than usual. There would be crime everywhere because there wouldnt be rules.

3/20/2015
utah
JR
Mr. Dilworth
The government affects my life by taking all my private information like where I live, my phone number, how many brothers and sisters I have and all my classes in school and setting a curfew of when I have to be home. The good things are all the police that help in my daily life and those around me. and the judges that hold court and find some one to be guilty or not guilty for their crimes.

3/20/2015
Eagle Mountain, UT
Noah
Frontier Middle School
The government effects the state in many ways. First off, the government can overrule laws in states if they contradict the Constitution/Bill of Rights. Secondly, the state cannot make laws that are opposite to nationwide laws in effect. Finally, the government can add laws that will overrule state laws.

3/20/2015
Eagle Mountain, UT
Noah
Frontier Middle School
The government effects the state in many ways. First off, the government can overrule laws in states if they contradict the Constitution/Bill of Rights. Secondly, the state cannot make laws that are opposite to nationwide laws in effect. Finally, the government can add laws that will overrule state laws.

3/20/2015
utah
Deanna
Mr. Dilworth
I honestly do not like the thingy about smoking. For example, I do not support that smoking is allowed in Utah. First of all, it can kill you. And it also reduces your time to live. I know a lot of people who smoke, and they are not in good shape. most of them do not have a lot of money. Anyways, I do not like it. Local government affects a lot of things every were. it affects the cities, towns, people, buildings, playgrounds, and much, much more. whenever I think of government, I always think of a park or a monument. I also think of voting.

3/20/2015
utah
Savanna
Mr.Dilworth
I have been seeing yellow lines all over my neighborhood and I think its because they want to make the road bigger so they want to take out half of our yard and our sidewalks out and make the road bigger. But that is not fair to us because they want to do to a lot of houses and people do not want the government to do that. And they should not do that too our property. And they might build a prison in eagle mountain and a lot of people do not want that to happen. And a lot of people are moving because of the prison because they do not want to live out here if there is a prison out here and they break out and go to there schools. And i have to move because of that problem too.

3/20/2015
Utah
Juliana
Frontier Middle School
The government effects a state by settling rules for things like businesses. They make the speed limits. They also make sure we have police and firefighters on duty. They provide funds for schools. They make state laws. The government bodies are usually appointed by the mayor. They are responsible for specific things in the government.

3/20/2015
Utah
Emilee
Frontier Middle School
The government lets us own weapons. This can help protect us from things that can hurt us. The government also puts laws to keep us safe. Laws like no smoking in public places. And not having a gun on your person without a conceal carry permit. The government also provides public transport. And there are also jobs with the government so they provide jobs.

3/20/2015
Utah
Conner
Mr dilworth
The government effects states because they enforce helpful laws including being able to carry a weapon, also freedom of speech so you can state what ever you want. also they help the laws gen enforced in the states with the police. the police help us be safe with these laws. Also they help make new and more efficient roads. I think that the government is good for a state with out it they would be lost.

3/20/2015
UT
Ryker
Mr.Dilworth
The government can affect a state/you by where you live. It can also affect where you work and how much money you get paid. The also affect us by the law enforcement. If we didn't have law enforcement then there would be bad guys everywhere. It can also affect what the speed limit is. It can affect the public schools also. If there was no government there would be no laws.

3/20/2015
Eagle Mountain/Utah
Anna
Mr. Dilworth/Frontier Middle School
The Government affects a state by granting them authority through written rules. They tell you the rules that you need to follow. The rules can be based on the size, population, or features of that specific place. The rules usually mirror the federal government's rules. They can enact new laws, and change the rules you need to follow. It makes the speed limits, funds the public schools, and ensures that there are enough firefighters and police on duty. Also, the leaders of your local government are hired by the state government.

3/20/2015
Utah
Saydria/Sage/Nacho
FRONTIER
the government makes us go to school. it makes rules and laws. it helps prevent bad guys. the city council makes city laws. without it people would fight. at least more than usual. There would be crime everywhere.

3/20/2015
ut
A~S
Dilworth
It is the most affect on your daily life. The local government affects you in driving, such as speed limit. It also affects you in business, such as rules and politics. It can affect you in school,such as funding. Also in school having to ensure that there is enough firefighters and police. There are some people who need the government. It also effects how many people that live in America.

3/20/2015
Eagle Moutain UT
James
Dilworth
Yes it does,the government tries to take away guns and other rights we have. It is a constitutional right that we have. There needs to be a balance between federal law and state rights. Right now I think federal law has too much power. We have the right to bare arms. They need to stop worrying about thing that don't matter.

3/20/2015
Utah
Kaylyn
Mr. Dilworth
The government affects the state because it helps make all the rules, and laws. It funds all the pubic schools. They are in charge of police officers and fire fighters. They are in charge of enforcing all the laws, such as the speed limit. They are in charge of the health of the people, like smoking and such. They built a smoking barn to help keep the air clean. The city council is part of the government, they interact with the people and listen to there concerns.

3/20/2015
eagle mountain utah
dom the swaggiest
FMS
the government says I cant practice polygamy. I'm Mormon and in our religion we are allowed to practice polygamy. Plus in the constitution it says that you have the right of freedom of religion. But it is illegal.so I think that the state of Utah should make polygamy legal. For religious reasons. not for just being polygamous just o be polygamous.

3/20/2015
Utah
Kalysta N :)
Frontier Middle school
I feel like we need a better relation ship and show the government more respect. What overall relationship with a state does the government have? Because without a strong a relationship with the government, how are they supposed to have our confidence that they will do a good job.

3/20/2015
I ain't gonna say :/
MA
Mr. Dilworth
It affects the state by the laws we have. The government makes rules so it can be fair for everyone. Its in our everyday lives. If we do not follow the laws then we will have consequences and will pay for a high price. If we don't have laws then people will be breaking rules and unfair things. laws helps us with our jobs.

3/20/2015
Utah
Jake
Mr. Dilworth
The government affects me when they take away imported laws like they took away guns. We need guns for self defense and to protect our country , and they just took away our guns. We have no self defense to protect our self. They allowing boys to marry boys, and girls to marry girls that's messed up. Whats up with people these days. Someone sews Utah's government gets sewed for no boys marring boys and girls marring girls, and said that's not fair. That's just messed up. That's how it affects me.

3/20/2015
Utah
Tenley
Mr. Dilworth
The government effects our lives because it gives us guide lines and helps our state because it gives us the laws to follow and keep our lives safer. The laws we have that are made from the government help us with knowing what is wrong and what is right. I think it affects my life because some of the laws the government put out could help with every body's life.

3/20/2015
eagle mountain utah
blake
mr. dilwoth
maybe there would people breaking laws

3/20/2015
Utah
Saydria/Sage/Nacho
FRONTIER
the government makes us go to school

3/6/2015
verona.wi
Maysn
Badger Ridge Middle School
how does the local government and their laws have a impact on citizens day to day live....???

2/3/2015
Coral Springs, FL
Ana
Dr.Richards
What are people around the teens learning and experiencing about their local government?

2/2/2015
danville indiana
Kaitlyn
bodnarick/danville middle
what is the point of federal governement

1/15/2015
New Jersey
ALLAN Torres
Lafayette
Why do we need local government?

1/13/2015
delhi
aarti
teacher
local govt is closes to the common people

12/31/2014
Tulsa
Isaac
Union highscho
Which branch is responsible for teachers pay and what is being done to increase the salaries?

12/8/2014
st.peterburg
buddy
john hopkins middle school
how would it impact society and government

11/5/2014
lake charles,La
jamye alexander
mr.mills s.j. welsh
what are some offices that we are aware of locally that "We the People" will vote for.

4/17/2014
Cleburen, Texas
GREG
U.S. HISTORY/KAUFFMAN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
70% of all welfare gos to children under the age of 17 an other 20% goes to mentally ill and developmentaly impaired. so who are all the people that are abusing the system. I think they are only real in the minds of FOX news watchers.

4/7/2014
Waco tx
Ericka
waco high
Government needs to stop worrying about uneccessary things and put a stop to (average normal people) taking advantage of welfare and social security. Some people working our butts off and others sit on their booty's and receive money taking out my check !!!!

3/21/2014
fort worth tx
karah
wayside middle school
i don't understand this whole government thing.

3/16/2014
Victoria
Lucas
Marita
I'm concerned about why we need a government

2/25/2014
tacoma wa
destiny
mr.walington- kiethley middle school
setting rules for business, industrial and residential development, funding the public schools and ensuring that there are adequate numbers of police and firefighters on duty. These representatives live and work in your area and have a significant impact on your life every day.

1/29/2014
calgary canada
taylor
mis.white dr.egbert
i am concerned how my community is being taken care of because of all the gas leaks and constriction

6/17/2013
Mission TX
Daniela
juarez lincoln
This is a realy helpfull page, it gives information of alot of stuff. The information is realy clear and understandable. Thanke you =]

6/13/2013
Ft.Pierce
Shermaine
Ms.Ems Dan McCarty Middle School
This is really helpful to me because it teaching me more and more about how the government affect us still to this day

2/7/2013
jacksonville florida
david hook
ms whitworth southside middle
Need to kkow how our state government can affect other countries

2/3/2013
jacksonville florida
Solen
southside middle school
this is really helpful information i have a question How does the state government could affect people in another country

11/27/2012
Arlington, MA , 02474
Adam C.
Sarah Holland, Brookline Highschool
I am very aware of the local government in my town. The city heads our concerns and acts on them. For example, the town banned the annoying leaf blowers after taking a vote. I cant get involved... YET. However, when I turn 18 I plan to vote in local and national elections.

11/27/2012
Framingham, MA
James
Ms. H, Brookline High
My neighborhood use to have this parade every year during the Spring or Summer. It was probably the best thing our town did every year. Plus, this parade would pass right by my house so it was so convenient for me to get to. There would be bands on floats, guys in Minutemen costumes with muskets,mini shop setups etc,. What was really unfortunate was that by the time I started really enjoying it, they stopped doing this parade. I'm hoping to possibly find a way to somehow bring this parade back. Maybe make a petition or request to the town to see if the town can re-create this parade.

11/27/2012
Brookline MA
Josh
Brookline High
The System Takes Time, But It Yields Results.

11/27/2012
Brookline, MA
Joe
Brookline High School
I think local governments are important. I have a concern in my community about transportation. I wish there was more frequent public transport in the Boston Area. I also think plastic bags should be banned. Personally I want America to be more like Europe, including Boston.

9/18/2010

saika
Lennard highschool, Ruskin/Fl
I feel like we need more parks in my community and better transportion. I understand this is developing community but it will help alot if we had better transportion, for exmaple more bus routes.

12/7/2009

Angel
Monroe Comprehensive High School, Albany, GA
I think that the local government affects us by telling us whats the right thing to do its not just our parents they do things such as: Make laws for driving, drugs, and even curfews

5/28/2009

Miranda
Trinity High School, Washington, Pa
Local governments dictate many things for me and the people around me. They make laws about curfews. They also have local laws that change from state to state, such as with the sale of fireworks being illegal.

5/28/2009

Evan
Trinity, Washington PA
My local goverment does in fact affect make alot of descisons and i hear alot more of their descions than i do of the White House or Congress. They make curfew laws, gun control, and zoneing laws.

5/28/2009

Joe
Trinity, Washington, Pa
The local government affects me with the enforcement of local laws. The speed limit, drinking age, and various other laws affect me directly. In answer to the question, i have never contacted my local government and i could get involved by writing a letter.

5/28/2009

Brianna
Trinity, Washington PA
Local government personally affects me because my dad is a township supervisor. I've learned more about politics in the past couple years than in my whole life. I also understand what it takes to run a township.

5/28/2009

Katy
Trinity High School, Washington, Pa
The local government affects me a great deal. It makes taxes which are deducted from my paycheck. It also has laws that affect driving such as curfew laws and speed limits.

5/27/2009

Brian H.
Trintity HS, PA
Local government affects me becuase it is the one directly resposible for my safety and rights.

5/18/2009

Nicole D
Northeast Highschool pd2, Philadelphia, Pa
I have a lot of concerns in my community, mostly it revoloves around property value and its declinment. Anybody can get involved in their community, just simply by going to council meetings and writing letters to their local goverment. these are just some of the ways that you can be involved. I haven't actually contacted my local goverment, but i know i can if i ever had to.

5/11/2009

Duane
THS , Wash/PA
The local government needs to crack down mainly on speeding and driver safety.

5/1/2009

Joe
Trinity, Washington PA
I think the local government affects me with taxes, as I said before.

5/1/2009

James
Overbrook, Philadelphia PA
The concerns that I have in my community are how many people are getting killed. I think I could set up a rally and get more cops out in our streets to stop all of these murders thats going on. No, but my mom contacted the government about raccoons that roam around in my area.

5/1/2009

Tiffany
Trinity High School , Washington PA 15301
How government works affects us everyday. I think most of the rules should change.

4/24/2009

Kevin
Overbrook HS, Phila. PA
How government works affects us everyday. I think most of the rules should change, for example the curfew time for teens. I think once your 17 you can be out ontill 12.

4/17/2009

Hannah V.
Nimitz High, Irving,Tx
My concerns in the community is that we should take care of the property value declining. You can get involved by going to city council meetings.

4/2/2009

Joe
Trinity, PA
Taxes, it's as simple as that haha.

4/1/2009

Jill
Trinity, Washington, PA
I worry that the local government isn't doing all it can to keep the Washington County's citizens safe. When leaving the highway and hopping on rt. 40, people speed and end up running a red light at a 4 way intersection. Many fatal accidents occur from this, and yet there is no one stopped for speeding. The accidents that occur aren't even reported. An example would be when recently, a three car pile up occured, killing all passangers, and it wasn't reported in the local Observer Reporter. The local police should set up near the exit from 70 going onto rt. 40 to help reduce the number of accidents and deaths.

3/14/2009

SHANEKQUA S.
NEHS, Phila. PA
The only concerns I have about my community is that the school system should be different. Being that I am a twelfth grade student now I do not have to take as many test. However my previous years there were numerous test. These kinds of thing put stress on a student.Not only did we have to make sure we had to do well on our regular schoolwork and test,now we have to worry about benchmarks too. Other things that need to improve would be some of the teachers. Do not get me wrong there are good ones and then there are bad ones.some teachers do not care so it reflects in a students attitude towards school. I believe that if only teachers who cared were the only ones with the title to be a teacher, there would be so much more interested students who look forward to learning in school. The crime rate is another issue because too many innocent people are losing their lives due to stupid actions. I feel as though this city has lost many police officers in the line of duty.Many things need to change but we the people need to contribute ourselves.We can do this but writing letters and letting our voices be heard.I feel as though my neighborhood has some flaws but I don't fear for my life every time I walk out my door.

3/13/2009

Marcos
Nimitz, Irving, Tx
From the streets we drive to the schools attend to, well, a lot of other things, its the city councils and the mayors and the school board members who really affect our day to day lives. That is why getting involved at the community level is such an important responsibility. Sure going to vote in mid may for Lewis Patrick (the representative member from my district on the city council) may not be as built up or exciting as choosing between McCain and Obama in November, but because it has such a big influence on my everyday I life I have learned the importance of actively following local politics. So in an effort to be a better citizen I have recently attended city council meetings and felt a much closer connection to the happenings in my city.

3/12/2009

Lizeth
Nimitz High School, Irving Tx
Even though we may not consider it, local government affects us greatly. They are the ones who decides how we live locally. I have attended some of the local city council meetings and have noticed how much it truly affects how we live. If we want changes to be done with our community, we need to speak out and say something to our local government so that it can be taken into consideration.

3/8/2009

Ashely V. Pd2
Northeast Hight, Phila, PA
The local government has a great affect on my family, my friends, and my family. If I have any concerns about my community I can inform our local gov't. I have a very constant concern for my neighborhood. We have a bunch of vandalism in my area with the same people. It's really annoying and stressful to try and end. My family and I have called the police, went to a police district and reported cases and yet nothing has been done yet. Another time we had contacted our state representative and nothing has been done about our situation again. The only thing to continue doing is to keep a petition going, attend town meetings, and keep reporting to the police and hope change is made.

3/8/2009

Valient
Northeast High School, Philadelphia, PA
Obviously local government plays a large role in any one of our lives. From city councils all the way to state representatives. They are the people who represent me at a higher power which ultimately decides what we get and how we are seen. From our privileges to the amount of books and programs we are granted in the education system. It is also misunderstood that in order to be apart of local government you have to be some type of official which entirely untrue. People as young as thirteen can make a difference the key is to stand up and let your voices be heard.

3/5/2009

Susmitha T. PD.5
Northeast High school, Philadelphia PA
Well the financial status of the country is determining factor of its economy. At this stage of receession, government economy is plunching into deficit financing. The concern of the society is social imbalances between different class of people based on income. Government spending indirectly through contractors minimizes equal employment opportunities to the citizens of US as well as lawful immigrants of this country. An evaluation of illegal immigrants and their possesing high status irrespective of the educational ability should also be made. The tax limit should be resclated. The government should be in a position to enforce the rules to collect wealth tax accordingly. Limit for tax support to poor should be increased. It is suggested that public complaints should be e-mailed to local government for effective resolution. I had not contacted local government for any of these issues but I think the real problem of American economy is luxurious spending without caring the sources of income.

3/5/2009

Temen Z
Nimitz High, Irving/TX
After attending a city council meeting, I can safely say that the things that are happening at the local level affect me more than the stuff that happens in DC. But the most important thing that the local gov can do is employ me this summer or else I won't be able to pay for college.

3/5/2009

Deera
WHRHS, Phoenix, Arizona
In my community we care more about people than money. We are concerned about the crime rate. You have to send letters. You must send letters to your representatives and tell them what you want them to do! That's how our democracy grows! I have contacted my local representatives several times and attended town meetings. (maybe 8 times).

3/5/2009

Litzra
Nimitz HS, Irving, TX
You have to talk to your representatives. Let your voice be heard!

3/5/2009

Delgr Y. Pd 2
Northeast HIgh School, Philadelphia
My concern for my community is the education. These days most teachers aren't that great partly because they don't have the right tools, like books enough for all the students in the class. Other teachers just don't care and because of that when we go off to college we are unprepared for the real work. One way of informing representatives about my concerns is to write a letter, but does anyone really read those letters?

3/4/2009

Jennifer
Northeast High School, Philadelphia, PA
I think the government plays a biggest role in our lives, such as they are the ones who make the decisions for us that they feels as though would benefit for the common good. But with that said some of biggest issues are how involved the government should be in communites that need help. For example there are many areas in my community that I feel as though should have reconstruction, but we the people should get out more and get involved as well by volunteering in these issues as well.

3/3/2009

Bernard
Northeast High School, Phila. P.A.
How government works affects me everyday. Most of the time it is for my own good. But other times I think some of the rules need to be changed. For example the curfew time for teenagers. I believe their shouldn't be one for teenagers once they become 16.

2/28/2009

Kurt N pd. 2
Northeast High School, Phila. PA
I have some concerns as a student in the Philadelphia Public School District. Personally I feel that there should be many changes with in the schools. Sometimes I feel that some classes are a waste of time and nothing productive comes out of them. Not all classes are this way but being in a public high school for four years I know that this can often be the case. Another issue is the buildings themselves. I look around and see that my school needs some definite renovations, not just structural improvements but cosmetic as well. I realize that in order to remedy these problems someone has to pay for it so to get my local government’s attention I would have to write a letter. I will have to write a letter to Arlene Ackerman and Michael Nutter to make them aware of a student’s perspective. It is hard to imagine a change when things have stayed the same for so long. I never have done this before partly because I feel that even with my efforts nothing will be done.

2/28/2009

Tanisha pd 2
Northeast High School, Philadelphia,PA
Concerns that I have about my community is the way it seems to be fading and there's nothing be down to fix the problem, when I say fading I mean properties are looking abandoned and uncared for. The violence rate has been rapidly increasing.The concern that really seems to really bother me is the school system, lack of books, and etc. I feel that if the schools are doing poorly then there should be matters done to help correct the situation, turning your back on the school is definitly not helping because it didn't make AYP.Another problem the officers do not answer to calls aburtly as they should. Writing letters visiting the offices of these councilmens are a few following steps needed to help resolve these issues.I have volunteered and spoke to advisors who have stronger positions and have the upper hand to enforce change.

2/27/2009

Stephanie
nhs, irving tx
The local government affects me more than the federal government since itts closer to me. My only concern in my community is the lack of education rather than that there is no more concerns. I go to the city council meetings and school board meetings so thats how i can help inform representatives about what they can do and contact them.

2/27/2009

Ricky S. pd2
NEHS, Phila,PA
This is an issue for the people to overcome, they need to want to be active in the community and know what is going on because it impacts their everyday lives. Although there are many people who do not care about this community, I have no complaints because there are more people who do care and those are the people who are part of committees that provide changes.

2/26/2009

Brooke
Nimitz High School, Irving, TX
Although the federal government seems to have the most power over the United States as a whole, my local government is what affects my daily life the most. They make decisions that will directly affect my community and me as an extension. I do not have any major concerns about my local government other than the quality of education. I do not feel the quality of education is poor, I simply feel that it could be improved.

2/26/2009

Anna S.
Nimitz, Irving, TX
I can get involved in my local government by going to the City Council meetings and work days. In the forum, I can bring up issues to the council; on work days or during the meeting itself, I can make a presentation on a point that they are deciding at the meeting.

2/26/2009

Mario D.
Nimitz HS, Irving, Tx
By going to city council meetings I feel like I have an informed view on my city. My main concern pertains to certain traffic constructions sites and how the delay my transit to school. Although I am unhappy about the changes, I have to credit the meetings for giving me a new perspective on how to view certain issues in my city.

2/26/2009

Morgan m.
Nimitz High School, Irving, Texas.
While America as a whole is affected by our federal government, my local government is likely to affect me greater, and on a more frequent timetable: Daily. My local government seems to be upholding the standards of a government, though certain factors such as education and proper analyzing of lawful situations are a slight concern of mine.

2/26/2009

Anna S.
Nimitz, Irving, TX
I can get involved in my local government by going to the City Council meetings and work days. In the forum, I can bring up issues to the council; on work days or during the meeting itself, I can make a presentation on a point that they are deciding at the meeting.

2/26/2009

Nicole D. Pd 2
NEHS, Philadelphia, Pa
The main thing i am worried about for my community is Major Nutter, his election was the worst choice ever, he continuously targets cops & firefighters to cut for expense reasons but what he doesnt realize is that our city is not safe and with the increase deaths of police officers we can not afford to lose any by choice. I'm also afraid that with the closing of libraries children wont try hard to find books to read because itll be too far or their parents wont drive them and already our society is in trouble with the lack of a good education and when you take something like a library away how do you expect people to read or influence their children to read. This affects me and the people of my community deeply because we're suffering and losing things everyday yet the congress and the major's office they just seem to still be riding around in their nice cars; their salary hasnt taken a hit yet but philadelphia we've taken a couple.

2/26/2009

Dung
Nimitz High School, Irving, TX
Going to city meetings has enabled me to gather the necessary information to be aware, informed, and involved. My city government is doing a great job keeping the city beautiful. With road construction, landscape renovations, and new buildings being constantly brought up, I sometimes wonder how much money is spent strictly for city appeal, and if the money is used efficiently and effectively. Are we concentrating too much money on city appeal, when we could use the money to improve education, help low-income families, or reduce crime? My main concern is the allocation of money. I'm not sure if the city government is using the money to the best of its potential. I haven't contacted my local government about it, yet. I need to know more about government spending before I voice an educated opinion.

2/26/2009

Lisbeth
Nimitz, Irving, Tx
Even though I have never contacted my local government about an issue in my neighborhood, going to Irving City Council meetings and meeting with my people from my local government has opened my eyes that I too should get involved and make a difference in the community I live in. By doing so if the issue brought up has a big impact we can cause a change nationally which would really be awesome. By consciously knowing that I before was not involved with my community makes me see that probably a majority of the people in my community are not involved. A lot of people sit around, moan, and complain, but never take a stand to make a difference to see what they want in action. If everyone participated and stood up for what they believed in I believe we would have a better, and closer community.

2/26/2009

Jennifer
Nimitz High School, Irving
My local government does affect me everyday and the concerns I have about my community is about fixing roads. When they fixes roads they start to fix them and everything but they stop and start working on another road at the same time. What's up with that?!? It seems like they take a year or longer to fix only part of the road when it should only take them a couple of months to do this or less depending on what the problem is. Also they choose to work on all three major roads in Irving which is bad because it causes a lot of traffic problems and then everyone is having to take others way to get where they are going. At least they should have left one major road open for everyone to use.

2/25/2009

Noel A.
Nimitz HS, Irving, TX
Local government is a lot closer to me than what I thought. I always used to think construction in my mid-size town was conducted by the state government until I went to a city council meeting in which my city council members talked about how to improve local roads. The roads in Irving cause me major trouble on my way to school and back home. Three major roads that run through my city are under construction and cause havoc during the rush hour commutes. The roads in Irving cause much concern because it seems that my local government only gets started on projects and never seems to be in a rush to finish them. The only way I can help is probably by getting more involved in my city's issues by going to City Council meetings, and persuading others to join the cause in putting our city first and caring for it.

2/25/2009

Laura M.
Nimitz High School, Irving, TX
Local government directly affects us and makes most of the laws that we have to adhere to on a daily basis. That can be either a good, or a bad thing. In my city they have chosen to undergo extensive construction on every single major street, which I, and many others hit every day. You would think that they could have coordinated a little better to do one at a time. They even reconstructed the busiest street in our entire city and then tore it up and started again! But in the grand scheme of things, like taxes and traffic laws, I guess the daily road delays aren't that big of a deal.

2/25/2009

Maxine
Nimitz High School, Irving, TX
The main concern I have about my community involves hypocrisy. Everyone complains about the problems we have but no one makes a stand or takes action to solve them. How can you complain about a faulty community when you are doing nothing to make it better? Attending city council and school board meetings are the first step in becoming informed and taking action. Other approaches include contacting public officials directly and peaceful protest. Every citizen counts and every action that a citizen takes to get involved in their local community effects their environment- it's up to us. In a way, WE are the local government.

2/25/2009

Samantha
Nimitz HS, Irving/TX
One of my main concerns is how the community is taken care of and that it is safe for everybody. Right now there is a lot of construction and I am just wondering how it long it will take for end to complete. Helping out by volunteering is a good way to make the city cleaner and a better place for people to live.

2/25/2009

Jessica P
Nimitz High School, Irving, Texas
The local government influences our lives greatly because these are the people that are making decisions for us based on what they see going on in our city. I don't really have any main concerns besides more community involvement is needed.I should get involved more in my community by attending more city council meetings or school board meetings to get informed more about what is going on and maybe even finding out ways to volunteer more.We need to help ourselves by helping others in our community.

2/25/2009

Alaria
Nimit High School, Irving, TX
In my community I have concerns about involvement and participation. I would like the youth in our community to give input and more participation. Younger generations need to be more oral and active in politics and a good place to start is local government. I will attend city council meetings and learn about different situations going on in my town and speak out there.

2/25/2009

Javier
Nimitz High School, Irving, Texas
Having gone to several council meetings, my main concern is information. Seeing so few people, not only at these meetings, but without the knowledge as well, is discouraging. So many are not active or are uninformed. Many times I have contacted my local government, with concerns about stoplights that malfunction, and many times they have respond with the most urgent of speed.

2/25/2009

Javier M.
Nimitz, Irving, Tx
It does not surprise me that local government is the most influential government around us. While the national government can influence us to many degrees, it cannot focus its time on the smaller-to-it, yet-larger-than-us problems. Thats where the localities come in- supervising the education of the little children to the sarcastic teen, policing our roads as to keep its citizens safe, donning the costume emblazoned with the letter “L” to save us from natural disasters ,fires- hey, not all fires are natural- and heart attacks...OK, maybe I'm over dramatizing the thing, but in reality they do all of this for us and more. The sad thing is, as mentioned by my esteemed colleagues, is that few seem to care enough to learn more. Creating disinformation amongst us, eh? Ignorance shall not prevail! At least, if we can get people to get involved...

2/25/2009

Aleigha
Nimitz HS, Irving, Tx
In my community, I am concerned about the involvement of the people who live here. My city is doing many things to try to make Irving look better. Also, the city council is trying to make Irving a safer and more environment friendly place. There are new parks and bike trail being built. These things could not only help our community get more active, but it can also reduce the need for vehicle transportation which will reduce emissions and make our air cleaner. The only problem with this plan is that without community involvement it will not have made an impact. There are seminars and meetings to try and give the community knowledge about a better way of life, but many people do not attend. If people do not acknowledge the changes being made in our community, the changes will be a waste. All of the efforts made by the city are for the citizens and are based on their involvement. I hope that more people will take advantage of all the new things going on in our community. Our city government is trying hard, and they would like to see their hard work pay off.

2/25/2009

Lora M
Nimitz High School, Irving, TX
My local government affects many aspects of my life, from driving to my education. I have concerns that perhaps not all officials truly do what will benefit us most, or rather they are ignorant to the realities of average citizens.

2/25/2009

Jose
Nimitz High, Irving Texas
My concert about the local government is that people don't participate on the city activities such as city council meeting, or elections. People should not let others to decide for then. People should get more involved in the community. Thats the only way that we can make a change.

2/25/2009

Nury
Nimitz H.S., Irving Tx.
I had never really thought that local government was the government that affected me most. Then I started going to city council meetings for my government class and I learned everything local government does. I also noticed the lack of citizen involvement. I saw some of my class mates but not many citizens. This concerns me because I think that many people do not know what is going on in their city and that should change.

2/25/2009

Ali
Nimitz hs, Irving TX
Local government is much closer than we think. Lots of us think that the national government affects us. It is true that they do but what affects us the most is actually local government. Local government is much closer to us because we are surrounded by it in our everyday lives. Each of the local government's decisions affect us directly. More local citizens should get involved in order to make local government stronger.

2/25/2009

Colin S.
Nimitz HS, IRVING, TX
Local government is an important aspect of our community. All decisions that the local government decides to make will directly or indirectly affect us. For example, the schools that students go to have their own form of government. Regulations and rules are set by them which affect us directly. We have to obey the school's law. Our daily lives are affected by the local government greatly.

2/25/2009

P.
S.A. Douglas, Philadelphia,PA
I kinda did. Now when i go to stores prices are much higher than they use to be. It is also harder to find a job, because company's don't have enough money to pay the employee's

2/25/2009

Taylor C.
Nimitz High School, Irving, TX
The local government has more influence on a community and the life within it than the national government. I have been to city council and school board meetings and it is very obvious that these people are working hard to make improvements with in the city. Although there are many people who do not care about this community, I have no complaints because there are more people who do care and those are the people who are part of committees that provide changes.

2/24/2009

Raven T.PDF5
NEHS, phila.,PA
One of the main concerns I have for my community is making sure the children in my community are well educated and active in different clubs and in the community functions as well. I have never tried to contact my local government, but I do try and help encourage children in my community. I tutor some children and talk to them about issues in the community and in their homes.

2/24/2009

Delanee
Nimitz, Irving, Tx
In my community I have concerns about how involved the people are in what is going on around them and how accessible the knowledge is. Our city is going through many changes and I feel that even if the knowledge is available, we are not taking advantage of it. This problem is an issue for the people to overcome, they need to want to be active in the community and know what is going on because it impacts their everyday lives.

2/24/2009

Danh
Nimitz HS, Irving, TX
Local government is closer than most think. My great Government teacher asked me earlier this year, "What government has the most influence over you?" or something of the sort. Many thought it would be the national government but in reality, the local government is the most influential. Local government influences individuals in the community greatly. We are the most affected by our local government. City council, school board, local police, it's all something that affects us. I don't really have any concerns besides the fact that maybe more people should get involved, including myself. I think I could probably go to more city council meetings, that aren't required mind you, and fill myself with a plethora of knowledge that will help me get more involved in the world of politics, whether that be national or local.

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