Out in “Left” Field

Out in “Left” Field

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 […]

Filing Deadline Just 2-Weeks Away

Filing Deadline Just 2-Weeks Away

The filing deadline is fast approaching. May 31st is the last day to ‘declare’ and run for local office: county commissioner, town council, etc. Needed: Candidates focused on a livable Jackson Hole, wildlife, and small town values. The Big-Growth coalition has had their way for the last decade, ever since the great recession. They’ve built large hotels, approved massive housing […]

Say Goodbye to Neighborhoods

Say Goodbye to Neighborhoods

As town crafts new zoning for Districts 3 to 6, questions remain unanswered and concerns unheeded. Is any neighborhood stable? Zoning updates for Jackson’s downtown core were fairly contentious. It took signature collection, a petition, and eventually a referendum vote to force the council to follow the will of the people. Now, with mostly residential Districts 3-6 under the microscope, […]

Moratorium on Madness

Moratorium on Madness

Town Council deserves credit. They’re finally dealing with runaway commercial growth, the root cause of our housing problem, the real cause of local overcrowding and discontent. It has been a year since town and county elected officials discussed raising our low and ineffectual commercial mitigation rates up to 100%. So instead of housing just a few of the seasonal jobs […]

Saving or Destroying Community

Saving or Destroying Community

A local business owner recently set us straight. “I’m not pro-growth,” he insisted. “I don’t want any more second homes. I just want workforce housing.” As if that didn’t count. But population growth is mostly due to workforce housing, which is a product of job creation due to commercial expansion. Here is the Other Side of the Story for April […]

Affordable Housing, a Bad Dream

Affordable Housing, a Bad Dream

Making a case against affordable housing is not popular. Certainly, no politician would dare do it. An affordable place for everyone that wants one has a generous, if naive, ring to it. And election results indicate voters don’t want more public housing; they see an emperor with no clothes. Most of us are not convinced government-provided workforce housing is a […]