Because Wolf Blitzer, charming though he is, won't tell you where the sales tax from your coffee goes. Because you know what John Boehner said to Harry Reid, but not what that construction down the street is. Your journey toward being a more involved, empowered citizen starts in your backyard. Local newspapers and website are incredible resources. Pick one and read it regularly now, so you can make a greater impact with your vote, your voice, and your volunteer hours.