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Lloyd Waters: Dargan Days and a few political whispers?

August 25, 2013|By LLOYD WATERS

Last year’s Dargan Days was a huge success, so we thought it a good idea to do the same thing this year.

Sunday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. has been designated as the date and time for our end-of-summer gathering. All of you Dargan residents, then and now, be sure to bring a covered dish and some stories to share.

Anyone else who sneaks in better have a covered dish and a good story as well. There will be no “shine” for purchase. Passports will be examined. 

The Dargan gatekeeper won’t be there in body this year, but we know she’ll be watching from higher ground.

Hopefully, there will be some good music floating through the woods the same as last year.  

Maybe our idea of community socializing, good food and good times might be an example for our friends in Hagerstown. Looking for something to do downtown, why don’t you have a City Pride Day and solicit ideas on how to make downtown better?  

Invite all of those interested parties, business owners and entrepreneurs who have connections with Hagerstown to come back, tell some stories and share some ideas on how you might rejuvenate your town.

For sure, there’ll be some whispers this year about “home rule” at our Dargan picnic.

Del. Myers has said publicly that he will only support those county commissioners in 2014 who openly support the concept of “home rule” for Washington County.

I’m thinking, we in Dargan might only support home rule in Washington County if there is a Dargan representative included.

Here’s an idea for the home rule charter draft.

Why don’t we return to those glorious days of Athens and the time when democracy had a little different appearance? A time when individuals were chosen to govern by lot.

Maybe as the next home rule charter is developed, we could agree on some common principles.

Perhaps, like Athens of old, we could select random citizens of Washington County to serve our community. 

Maybe we could put all the names of Washington County citizens in several hats; one for the farmers; one for the philosophers; one for the doctors; one for business persons; one for the educators; one for the unemployed; one from the highest-populated district; and one from the lowest-populated  district.

Let’s select one representative from each hat and let them serve our county for one four-year term on this grand home rule council. At the end of the four-year term, let’s select another group by lot to do the same thing.

A little like serving on jury duty.

I’m fairly sure the Dargan community is just not apt to support any county commissioner in 2014 who doesn’t agree, and say in public forum that he or she will fully support the selection of a Dargan resident on a home rule council if they support this form of government.

Unless the slate of candidates created by Del. Myers carries the day in 2014, the concept of home rule still might be a few light years away.

The concept of a home rule form of government has failed three times at the hands of the voters. Either those home rule proponents have not been very good at convincing the people of its worth or the voters are just a bunch of dummies who don’t want to support anything by those folks they just don’t seem to trust very much.

Whether home rule happens in Washington County or not, the burgers and dogs are going to be good in Dargan on the 29th. All drinks will be of the social kind. The memories of the good old days will be abundant.

Stories of yesterday will rule.

I don’t know where those days went, but I’m sure glad I was there when they happened. It was something very special to see.

Lloyd “Pete” Waters is a Sharpsburg resident who writes for The Herald-Mail.

 

 

     

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