Quite a few local residents have faithfully attended City Commission meetings during my time covering the news here in Chanute. Some of them were chronic complainers looking for something to grouse about, but plenty of these people genuinely engaged with local politicians to attempt to make their community a better place to live.

It has always baffled me that these concerned citizens rarely focused any attention on the county government. As dysfunctional as politicians in this city can seem, the process by which the county is currently governed is even more worthy of citizen engagement and public criticism.

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