What I learned talking to my rural neighbors
Downstaters believe all funding is channeled to upstate communities that “don’t need it”. This is a constant complaint of school boards. Having lived in both up and down state, I know the majority of NY staters fail to understand the problems affecting the vastly different areas. Dems and Republicans cater to the squeaky wheels. Grassroots campaigns that listen to the urban AND rural poor would be mighty helpful.
Very thoughtful and enlightening. And goes to show that just talking to people, we have more in common than not. Thanks for sharing this one James.
Polarization is mitigated when we find commonality with each other. Way to go bro! Keep at it.
Truly thought provoking and i am glad you had that experience. Way back when, i canvassed for jihn Anderson and mre recently fo Bernie. It sounds to me like you are getting ready for a run of your own which i would be happy to see. You have already gotten involved with the democratic party. Bernies part was the working fam8lies party. All public organizrtions have public meetings which are at the heart of every community.(fire dept,school board, library) go to these meetings, ask questions get to know people and offer to help them. I remember going to the local veterans post when we were trying to gat support for a bond to improve the school. The VA does not let people arrend their meetins unless you are a veteran or the members approve your visit. In any case, they were initially resistant to spending money for a bond but i reminded them that when the vets came back from WWII they funded and built the highways and the schools, we were only looking to maintain the buildings with new roofs an windows. That one some of 5hem over. As this is Veterans day a big thanks to all that served.