At town meeting this year, I sat near a town meeting virgin. The person has lived in Southborough for many years, but this was his first time attending town meeting. I suspect many of you were in the same boat.
At one point in the middle of some relatively arcane debate, he turned to me and said, “This is crazy. We’re making huge decisions about stuff we know nothing about.” He might have used a different word than stuff.
I have to admit that at certain points town meeting feels like a relic from another time — which of course it is. But the immediacy of the democratic process, the influence we have as voters, is on the other hand thrilling.
For those of you who attended town meeting for the first time this year — or for those of you who are town meeting veterans — what did you think? Were you confident in the decisions you were making? Did you feel the meeting was effective? Are there things you wish were different?