Monday, June 18, 2007

The 'First Come, First Served' Theory of Democracy

Bob Cuddy reports that the situation is the same in San Luis Obispo County, California, as it is up here in Maine: if you're a newcomer, be wary of speaking at local public meetings.

“I don’t know that that makes you a native,” Supervisor Jerry Lenthall tut-tutted a speaker who, at a recent meeting, proudly said she had lived here for 40 years and felt like a native.

Lenthall did allow that 40 years is a long time.

But Lenthall, who has lived here four decades himself, can be forgiven. Week after week, he has to listen to people preface their remarks with “I am a fourth-generation resident” or “my ancestors came here at the beginning of the last century.” [Link]
In my hometown, anyone whose ancestors didn't sign the petition for incorporation in 1815 is said to be "from away."


I understand there were quite a few Filipinos living in Los Angeles when that city was founded during the American Revolution.

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