November 7, 2022 By Glenn Mangurian
Stew·ard·ship: the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care
In September I launched this series describing the importance of stewardship to our community. Well, at last week’s Special Town Meeting the stewards came out in force (1,363 citizens attended) and voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Foster School and Public Safety building projects. Now the questions must be decided on the ballot (Questions 5 and 6 on Page 2 – back side) at the State election on Tuesday. The projects will require a simple majority to pass.
While the 1,363 citizens attending Town Meeting was a large turnout, it represented only 7% of the 19,468 registered Town voters. The 2018 mid-term elections drew 12,533 Hingham voters. We could easily surpass that participation. So, over 10,000 registered Hingham voters will indicate “yes” or “no” for these capital projects for the first time in the privacy of the voting booth. Be informed and remember your vote is a choice about investment for Hingham’s future.
While Tuesday is Election Day, Friday is Veteran’s Day. Veteran’s Day celebrates those American men and women who have served in our armed forces during both war and peacetime. Without their service we would not have the freedoms we often take for granted. From World War II to the present many of our fellow citizens have volunteered to keep our country safe. They deserve our support and heartfelt thanks.
We are fortunate to be citizens of a country that despite its many imperfections, is still the most open, the most free, the most just in the world. Voting on Tuesday is not only an act of Hingham stewardship it is way to say, “Thank you for your service”. Vote “yes” on both questions.