Soft-Corruption in Local Politics?

Soft-Corruption in Local Politics?

Corporate ethics rules often say “avoid even the appearance of any impropriety.” Apparently local government doesn’t do this. They fight the ‘outside’ evils by writing small-town legislation on renter’s rights or human rights or e-bikes or… Fighting the evil ‘outside’ is always easier than looking-within, but the inside is what needs cleaning. The soft-corruption inside local government has been ignored […]

When Will Wildlife Win?

When Will Wildlife Win?

Wildlife is losing. Little or nothing has been done for wildlife since 2012 when electeds declared it priority #1 in the Comp Plan — eight years ago. In those eight years our electeds produced two massive new plans, a housing plan and transportation plan, both big-growth enablers. Ecosystem Stewardship, our #1 Comp Plan Common Value, has been ignored. Based on […]

Housing Mitigation Folly

Housing Mitigation Folly

Local housing ‘mitigation’ requirements have been around for decades, but our electeds have kept the mitigation rate at a laughably low level. They’ve focused on business growth; lots more. Now our housing problem is painfully obvious, and mitigation requirements are under review. In 2017 our electeds voted for 100% mitigation. Developers would need to provide housing for 100% of new […]

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 […]