It seems Topekans aren't shy about discussing their city government. Often, it's not in a flattering light - people say what the city is doing wrong and what needs to change.
It appeared the talk translated into action, when a full slate of candidates filed to run in the City Council and Mayoral races - primaries in all but one of the six contests.
Somewhere along the line, the enthusiasm dimmed. Only 13% of Topeka voters cast ballots in Tuesday's primary election. Are you kidding me? I thought people wanted change; I thought they wanted things to be different. Some people might say, "It's only the primary." But if your candidate doesn't get votes in the primary, he or she is out.
So what went wrong? And how do we change it? The April 7th ballot will have two big issues - a sales tax increase and a charter ordinance change. Perhaps that will bring people out. Then again, I expected bigger numbers this time around.