I appreciate what Joel Miller is saying. At the same time, I believe that attitude of powerlessness that has crept into everyday American life is what has caused many of the problems we face. I have seen too many people make a difference to believe that.
Transparency is non-existent only when citizens don't demand it. This idea of a powerless electorate is nonsense, as the election of Donald Trump showed. I'm not a particular fan of Jill Gaebler but she's right on this issue. It's the Hans Christian Andersen story of the emperor's new clothes -- the power structure all undressed.
The transparency issues really started with the powerful mayor/dictator concept that Bob Isaac brought to City Council and have grown since. It's a quirky small town, no matter what the population figures show.
Jill Gaebler is spot on in her argument. City government, the mayor, utilities, and all the entities that impact actions taken on behalf of citizens must realize the need for more, rather than less transparency. That may make their actions fall outside their comfort zones but that is the purpose of transparency -- to make public officials think before they act.
The peripheral organizations have to understand that when they act with a public agency, they take on a public role, like it or not. It's basic civics.
It's a real concern to learn the level of trust among City Council members has degenerated to a point where they don't keep one another informed about major studies as they progress. Some things may need to be kept out of the public eye, although it's difficult to see why this is true of this study, but the Council members should have been kept up to date. To chastise fellow Council members for their lack of information when you're the one who should have provided it is arrogant and hypocritical.
The people in CSF excel at forming a coalition to further their goals. If those who oppose their viewpoints would whine less and form the same kind of coalition to spread their views, what an interesting and vibrant city it would be.
It's hard work. When the chance was there to make Richard Skorman mayor, those with similar viewpoints didn't vote. Heck, when those who saw that the strong mayor form of government was a crock didn't vote, they lost a big chance to further the local dialogue.
The loyal opposition is not helpless unless it thinks it is, but infighting and Internet opinions at midnight do not get the job done.
Jim Davies: It's one thing to disagree and it's OK to pick nits. My very limited experience with Pam Zubeck and Richard Skorman is that they are anything but dishonest. I also believe that if people feel strongly enough to ante up thousands of dollars to fight a corporation with millions of dollars, they deserve to be heard politely. It's not about Strawberry Fields, if it ever was. It's about a perceived attempt at an end run around the public interest.
I'd suggest if you have data of dishonesty that you make an appointment with Zubeck, Skorman and the Indy publisher and bring it to their attention. Who knows? You may furnish Ms. Zubeck with material for an important story. If they don't run the story, try The Gazette or the Denver Post. It would be newsworthy.
If drivers and cyclists alike would obey the traffic laws, this discussion would be unnecessary. Whether it's motorists who speed and tailgate, or try to turn while talking on the phone, or cyclists who are all over the road, the real problem is people who think the rules do not apply to them. Research Parkway is one of many examples -- try driving W. Woodman Road at rush hour between these two competing forces. You arrive relieved to be alive.
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