Saturday, July 30, 2005

Eye on Oshkosh seeks citizens to appear on show

Some citizens have asked me recently "Why don't you once in awhile have some regular citizens on the show talking about what they like and don't like about the way government runs thing?"

That's a good question. It is something I have considered in the past, but I wasn't really sure that anyone would step forward to appear. I always figured it would be somewhat like voting: many people complain about how things are, but then a lot of them give up on the system and won't even go to the polls. Consequently, we end up with more of the same year after year. Still, from time to time, I continue to be asked the same question by people. A few citizens have even made the suggestion to some of our elected officials, who have passed the suggestion on to me. That being said, let's test the waters.

Certainly, we will continue to have guests on the show who make policy and who are local and state newsmakers. But Eye on Oshkosh has always tried to be a voice for the people and we'd now like to give the people a chance to speak their own mind, in their own voice. Our elected officials need to hear from you, the people. After all, you are their employer. So, if you are a local resident - either in the city of Oshkosh or Winnebago County - and would like to come on the show and talk to us about why you like living here and how decisions our local representatives make affect you - good or bad - please contact us.

I know there are a few regulars who appear at the city council, school board and county board meetings. Their voice is certainly important and deserves to be heard. But because we all know where they stand on issues, we'd really like to hear from people who we and the local governments typically don't hear from.

I'd like to get a couple citizens on at once rather than just one at a time. If you'd be interested in coming on the show and talking about your feelings and concerns, we'd like to hear from you. You can either call me or drop us an email at

It's your government and it's your chance to give your voice an extra boost. Thank you!

- Cheryl Hentz