Town-hall meetings provide accessibility for many

Editorial

In a time when the divide between government and the citizenry appears to be as pronounced as any era in most of our lifetimes, the good old-fashioned town hall meeting appears to be making a comeback. And that’s a good thing. 

We’ve seen State Sen. Gerald Hocker and Reps. Ron Gray and Rich Collins hold these meetings with the public for years, and we are now seeing state and local police departments holding the same type of events. It is an opportunity for people in the public to directly address their concerns to those who can actually make a difference. Or, at the least, get explanations as to why certain things happen or don’t happen, whichever the case may be.

Millsboro Mayor Michelle Truitt is now ready to make herself available to the residents of her town, as well, holding her first town-hall meeting in the Millsboro Town Center on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m.

“There won’t be an agenda,” explained Millsboro Town Manager Sheldon Hudson. “People will have to sign in and sign up to speak, but the difference from a town council meeting will be they won’t have to stick to a topic.”

Truitt explained that she will try to answer the questions that come up, but if she can’t, she will take notes and try to get that information for the people who asked. 

We applaud Truitt and the Millsboro government for putting this together, and hope it does indeed turn into a fairly-regular opportunity for the town’s citizens, as Truitt said she hopes will happen. Accessibility to officials is always a good thing, and Truitt is making that easier than before.