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Cindy Grosz: Tribute Bands and Local Government

If you ever went to an outdoor free event in the summer in a park, a county landmark or by a public beach, then give yourself a hug.  If you actually went out and voted during years when there were special elections and local races, not only give yourself a hug, but treat yourself to something special.

You are in a unique group, you actually care about your local streets, libraries and yes, tribute bands.

Tribute bands, you asked?  Because the people who hire the bands, arrange the promotions, clean up the venue before and after event and arrange for cosponsors are the local elected officials and their committees with your hard earned tax dollars.

It’s not just tribute bands.  It’s swimming lessons, book clubs and food festivals.  It’s arts and crafts, day camp and senior socials.

People don’t realize all of this costs money.  It’s not the elected officials' money.   It’s actually your money as taxpayers. Officials are allocated money.

Politicians also let you know who they are.  Huge banners, mailers, and permanent signs have every single name on them at every entrance.

You shouldn’t be thanking them, they should be thanking you for their jobs and the opportunities to serve you.   That service included every leisure activity.

Vote In Your Primary and Local Elections

There is no excuse not to vote.   Whether you decide to vote early, in person or by mail, your vote counts and decides which library books are purchased and which tribute bands are hired.

Unfortunately, too many are apathetic.  People are angry or lazy.

You have more opportunities to vote than ever before, yet in many ongoing elections, there is a voting trend, dismal voter turnout.

If you don’t go out and vote, your establishment leaders win and your voice remains silent.  You have nobody to blame but yourself.

Today, because of technology, social media and cellphone data, everyone knows who votes and how, even dead people.

Use that power to your advantage!

Working Together

Local politicians work together with you from all parties. Call a legislator or state representative and ask for a meeting.  Request a favorite program.  More than likely, you will get your wish (within reason).

Many local programs are modeled after national events most of us can’t attend.  If you haven’t participated in a Memorial Day parade or watch fireworks on July 4th at a local national park, you are truly missing opportunities to make memories.  It really is not the same as watching on television.

Times Are Tough

Escape with me for a few hours.  Gas lines, tampon shortages and meaningless shootings won’t miss you, or you them.

The best medicine is an outdoor activity.  You get the message.

Patriotism At Its Best

At the most recent event I attended, the opening honored veterans, firefighters and law enforcement and everyone stood for the pledge of allegiance and sang God Bless America!  No politics, no controversy and no fear.

Citizens around the world are literally dying for the opportunity of free or inexpensive activities organized and subsidized by a government that they can work with.

Pay tribute to your neighborhood, enjoy the entertainment and band together.

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Cindy Grosz

Cindy Grosz reports on projects, products and awareness to everything Israel and of international Jewish concern. She represents celebrity spokespeople who speak up for and about Israel. She is also a contributor and Co-host on The Jersey Joe Show 710AM WOR, Sunday nights at 7 EST, or available anytime, anywhere through iHeart Radio.

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