Forums, Forae, and Grouchy Old Men

Essay by Marcia Darnell

Public meetings – December 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine

Last month, I attended three forums in four days. Three forums in four days. Try saying that five times fast.

Forums (forae?) are a unique aspect of democracy. People — government entities, concerned citizens, coalitions, contingents, and groups — come together to discuss problems and try to find solutions. The discussions can be boring, fascinating, mundane, brilliant, or argumentative, but they provide a glimpse into what’s going on in the minds of those with the dedication to make it to the meetings.

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