Slowly Killing the Old West

Slowly Killing the Old West

A government of, by and for the people does not blindside its citizens. It represents the majority and does the people’s bidding. Far too often our current town and county electeds pursue self-serving agendas that have little backing from their constituents. When did the public clamor: “We need more snowmobile racing at Snow King?” When did they say, “Summer is […]

Community = Cash Registers Ringing?

Community = Cash Registers Ringing?

More isn’t always better. Sometimes it’s just more. This notion that quality of life equates with an ever expanding economy, that community equals cash registers ringing faster, is a perversion spread by a few in the business community. Often it’s those with the most that are greedy for more. The Chamber of Commerce, along with pop-up strong-arm groups like ‘Think […]

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, […]