The residents of Wayne Township (west of Sioux Falls) voted on Monday to remain independent of Minnehaha County control after losing most of the elected township board to resignations and lack of term-renewal interest, according to the Argus Leader. The rest of the story here…
Smaller communities all around the state and the country often find themselves in the position of being swallowed up by a larger community or decision-making body.
Even though it would be easy for the township to cede its sovereignty to the greater Minnehaha County authority, many residents showed up in refusal of that suggestion. Examples such as this really go to show how important local sovereignty is to a community, where citizens feel that decisions are best made through local leaders and local input. And so it is: government removed from the people that it serves soon becomes ineffectual and self-serving.
To quote the Republican Party platform, “I believe the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.”