What are the duties of a citizen? What does it take for you and I to be a good citizen? Are we good citizens? I know I am not as much a good citizen as I would want everybody to be. I dont spend enough time looking at local issues and I take little part in my community. Lets make a list, call it answers to a FAQ since many of us have at least a little geek in us. We can even call it what citizenship advice would you give your kids? Lets try to keep it politically neutral so we can avoid them vs us style debates. Ill start us off: Be informed. Go beyond the surface on issues. When a politician says it must be so and he guarantees, it look deeper. Any other exercise of your citizenship is wasted if you have not kept informed. Keep up with local politics. Know your local school board, your county commission, your city council. Big politicos start small. Hold their feet to the fire when they start. Make them fearful of the informed citizenry. When you get a jury summons immediately start figuring out how you can fulfill this obligation. How can we scream about jury verdicts when the best and the brightest consider it a joke to have to serve on a jury? I have served on both a grand jury and a criminal jury and they are enlightening and rewarding. Let your representatives know how you feel. Email, snail mail, telegram and your vote are all ways to let them know what you want, what you think we should do. Speak loud and often. Be concise so it will be read but be specific about your wishes if you want to be listened to. Encourage your children and those you influence to consider the military among their options after school. We want the military to reflect our values and yet we always want the other kids to join. It is an honorable and enriching experience if you let it be. Its also a waste of 3 years if you let it be. Look beyond self. We should always consider our own welfare when voting, but also consider what is good for the country when voting, when communicating with your representatives at all levels. Okay, I started with more than I meant to, so its your turn. What would you tell your kids about being a good citizen?