the people can not be all, & always, well informed. the part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. if they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. – Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Stephens Smith, Nov. 13, 1787
Stafford County is a rapidly growing locality. We have seen our population boom over the last two decades. While growth can be good and the growing community brings new shopping, eating, recreation and other amenities, the growth is not without its headaches. Here in Stafford we are in a struggle with how we should grow and how fast we should grow.
With the struggles comes activism from within. Over the last couple of years challenges that have arisen in the frames of congested roads, loss of open space and crowded schools has encouraged many citizens to become active in their community and speak out about where the county is going and how we are growing.
Recently there have been a few Facebook Pages and websites pop-up and grow with community activists express their positions and encouraging others to get informed and get involved.
A couple you may have heard of and follow:
- Save our Stafford Schools – https://www.facebook.com/SaveSCPS/
- Stafford Citizens for School Parity – https://www.facebook.com/groups/SCORTBOC/
- Stafford Growing Pains – https://www.facebook.com/StaffordGrowingPains/
- Break the Wheel – https://www.facebook.com/BreakTheWheelStafford/ & https://www.breakthewheel.org/
We have seen these pages and websites informing, activating and making change in Stafford County. It has also encouraged elected officials to get active on social media and respond to the many citizens they have heard from due to the increased activism.
So why this site? The goal of Stafford County Forum is to provide an location to inform and provide a location for discussion. First and foremost the forum is non-partisan and non-bias towards issues. Our goal is to inform citizens of Stafford County about activity of their government at the local, state and federal level.