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Decisions are made by those who show up. Our local government is our neighbors who stepped up to the challenge to lead. It is more common than not for them to go about their work without anyone else there. I’ve attended countless public hearings where no one representing the public showed up. Industry is usually present when the issue concerns them — those with a vested interest generally show up, especially if their interest is financial. It takes nothing to comment on a post complaining about this policy, that mandate or how and where vacation rentals should be run. You don’t even have to read the story or take the time to learn the history of the issue.

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