Paying Attention to the Wrong Stuff

I’ve commented here before about the tendency for citizens to get up in arms about projects, when they didn’t pay attention to the policies that were adopted years before that enable those projects.

An article from Sunday’s Oregonian makes a related point: citizens will get in an uproar about small things, while often ignoring major items.

Some of this can be explained by the complexity of large projects, but what other psychology goes into where citizens focus their involvement?

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