Our local government has gotten off track. Lately they’ve set their core responsibilities aside and become lost in the weeds, creating special meetings, emergency joint meetings, and additional workshops so they can spend endless hours talking about fringe (some say lunatic fringe) ideas that are of little concern to the majority. Government’s core responsibility is basic services: provide for our public safety, roadways, utilities and general welfare. As town manager Bob McLaurin puts it, toilets should flush and cops should show up when you call 911. These are the basics, Government 101.