Life is full of hard decisions, and local government is often an extension of those hard decisions. The vote on Monday to decline the proposal from the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority that would convert the Virginia National Golf Course into a Civil War Battlefield park is a prime example. However, while those decisions are made by elected officials, many residents are unsure whether the full voice of Clarke County residents is being heard. So, in the wake of the Cool Spring vote, the Clarke Daily News will begin implementing polls in certain stories to gauge public opinion. Many people already use the comment section to voice opinions on subjects, but a larger percentage of our readers do not. Our new polling system lowers the barrier for participation and we hope everyone will use it to let their opinions be known.
To roll out the new element of the site we are including three questions in this article that Clarke County residents have shown a keen interest in. Future polls will be included with articles to track opinions as the issues emerge.