“Living in a republic demands a great deal of us. Among the responsibilities of each citizen in a participatory democracy is keeping ourselves sufficiently informed so that we can participate effectively, argue our positions honorably, and hopefully, forge sufficient consensus to understand each other and then to govern.” – Senator Ben Sasse
You’re not a spectator and democracy is not a game. You’re a citizen who gets a say in the future of our community. That comes with a responsibility though – to stay informed, to debate honorably, and to forge consensus on moving forward. The more informed we are, the better community we create. It’s all about being informed instead of just opinionated.
The Weekly exists to make Fayetteville smarter and better connected with our community. We do this through conversational interviews, explainers, and more.
How It Works
You’ll see new stories, videos, interviews, and more that’ll keep you informed.
A typical month might include:
- A chat with a candidate running for public office.
- A story that explores the debate around a local issue.
- A town hall conversation with local business owners on what’s next for downtown.
- A roundup of different events happening in our community.
We ask your questions so you know what’s happening and how you can get involved in moving our community forward.
The Fayetteville Weekly is written by me, Chase Clemons. Outside of the years I spent at Middle Tennessee State University, I’ve lived my entire life right here in our community.
For far too many years, I had nothing to do with our local government. I didn’t pick up a paper or watch community meetings. I didn’t talk politics or call my commissioners. I barely knew which district I was in and definitely couldn’t name all three commissioners. I might have know who the county and city mayors were.
The funny thing is – I’m a political geek. My college degree is in political science. I love talking about checks and balances, co-equal branches, federalism, and all those other ideas most people haven’t heard about since school. But it was all theory to me still. It made for interesting conversations but didn’t translate into actually getting involved in local government.
But I was reading a biography on Alexander Hamilton and it covered the writing of our Constitution. In one section, the book covered part of the preamble that really hit home for me.
When you read the Constitution, it starts out “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union…”. It doesn’t say a perfect union. The founders chose the phrase “a more perfect Union”. The word “more” there is doing a lot of work. It carries with it a sense of movement, of progress, of work towards being better, being more perfect.
The Weekly is my part of putting in the work for our local community. It’s helping to make our own community just a bit more perfect.
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And that’s it! Browse around a bit and enjoy your day. I’m glad you stopped by.