I agree with the recent editorial congratulating the Clarkston School Board for the board's strategic planning efforts and results, reflecting increasing transparency in government operations warranting enhanced public confidence in the quality of government. In fact, Oakland County residents generally benefit from overall highly efficient and cost effective government services to a degree not experienced by surrounding counties, nor even statewide. State government by governor Rick Snyder and house speaker Jase Bolger, supported by a too political state attorney general, has been marked by too much secrecy and policies detrimental to the middle class, particularly students, workers and retired pensioners, all struggling on fixed and declining incomes as the state's wealthiest continue to be enriched by the current legislature's policies. This coming November's election presents an opportunity for all Michiganders to facilitate greater openness and fairness in state government by electing new officials who will represent the middle class. Please register and vote, and do what you can to encourage friends and family to have their voices heard by voting--no matter how discouraged they may be. Good leaders can be found in both political parties. Not to worry about Snyder or Bolger-- no doubt they will find greater riches in the private sector through friends they have served so well.