Monday, September 24, 2007

COMMENTARY FOR SEPTEMBER 24, 2007

In the annuals of our history, there have been many periods of time, when intimidation was the grease that got the wheels turning, on a number of issues and outcomes. It placed our leaders, both national, state and local, in positions, where their lives depended on what they said and did. And some, sad as it is, lost their lives, because they believed in honor and honesty and these traits were more important, than selling their souls for a mess of pottage.
Today, intimidation has still not gone away, but we have given it some respectability, if you can believe that. We no longer break legs of our politicians and others, and they do not wind up in some mysterious location dead. But now we sue. We sue over every issue, every discussion, and every proposal.
In our own community, we have an issue, in which the outcome of an election, could be influenced ,based on someone’s ability to sue.
Unless you have been living in a cave somewhere, most people in this valley, know of the referendum vote that will take place in November. It is a simple thing basically.
Do you support a special zone created by Heber City, which would allow increases of density, increases in traffic and big boxes to be built in Heber City? Or would you like this new zone to be rescinded and the city, return to development codes that are already on the books?
Rather easy to understand.
This referendum was put together by a petition of the citizens, some against this new ordinance and others for it. But the common goal seemed to be, should citizens have an active say, in proposals that will change the complection of the valley forever, or should five people be the ones to dictate the direction? Another very simple message.
Our State Codes, which controls and affects referendum proposals, mention only two parties, for referendums. The Citizens, meaning those who started the petition drive, and the government.
There is no mention of outside influences. There is no mention of others who should have standing and why they should be listened too or even given the time of day.
But now, here comes the dark side of this referendum vote. The wording on the ballot.
We now have attorneys, who are participating on both sides of this issue. Good upstanding individuals, who have a mission to compete. Who can meet and discuss in civil terms, what should happen, how it should be worded and come up with compromise where necessary.
But now, the Developer, who wrote the ordinance and got enough commitments from city personnel to continue the process, even when, in the early stages, the people complained and wanted some explanations regarding what was happening, now believes they are a party to this referendum. How they came to that conclusion is a mystery. But in order to make their point known and to have influence on the wording of the ballot, they are threatening a lawsuit against Heber City, and its personnel. From the rumor mill, many months ago, we learned, that Heber City, had made so many deals and commitments, that any changes could open them up, to a very serious lawsuit. Now the Boyer company has issued vailed threats, to the point, the city now must give them some type of influence in the process, where it should have only been the Citizens who started the petition and the City that passed the ordinance.
It would not be too hard, for one to suppose, there may yet be, other dark secrets regarding this ordinance and those involved in its conception.
As one, who believes that lawsuits for the most part are about greed, these threats stink of greed and power, missteps and perhaps even some unknown criminal behavior on the part of at least two of the players.
Perhaps, it would not unreasonable, to suggest, that a case could be made, to vote against this ordinance, just on principal, that being, the people will not be intimidated when it comes to their business. But we can not leave Heber City Government out of this, since it was their poor choices that caused this whole mess to start with. Citizens need to decide. Can your vote be bought with intimidation, or is it freely given, so power can be returned to the people?

The Passing of Ann

Ann passed away last week. In her passing, we move forward and continue our work and thoughts. In respect for Ann, we have changed to " THE WASATCH CURRENT" Look for more rather than less.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

WHAT DID YOU SAY?

Dear Ann,

The primary election is over with, we have both winners and losers. During this part of the election process, the citizens heard much of what candidates would do. There was talk of great things, of new projects, restoration of things lost.
But the real interest will be, what will those that lost, say and do? Will they stay active in the process. Will they take a lessor role, but still serve. The test of a true public servant, is what they do after a loss as much as what they will do with a win.
Lots of talk during the campaign. Lots of promises. We are listening, WHAT DID YOU SAY?

Friday, September 07, 2007

Dear Ann,
As you will recall, I promised to present some very interesting items, related to the upcoming, election for three seats on the Heber City Council. Of course there will be those who will cry fowl. But those who complain the loudest will be the ones who forget, people have the right to their opinions, regardless of what others believe. Personally, Ann, I believe what these five citizens have done, is great. They are entitled to their opinions and how they arrived at those opinions. Take a good look at these. It is very interesting in how they rated them. And I for one, congratulate them for doing something, other than talking.
How they arrived at placing people on the the list, is very interesting and I will let see that next week.
The following is self-explanatory, and needs no further introduction from me.

Until next time.....


A group of five elected, or previously elected, and current members of boards or committees, met to discuss the current political candidates, now running for public service in Heber City. After discussions on all ten candidates, they grouped the Candidates in the following order, which they believed would best serve the community and valley.
Erick Straddeck*
2. Sandy Mahoney***
3. Terry Lange**
4. Michael Thurber
5. Daniel Drew
6. Robert Patterson***
7. Kieth Rawlings***
8.. Nile Horner
9. Shari Lazenby**
10. Parry Rose
* Mr. Staddeck’s inclusion on the list of candidates is based on observation and discussions with those that know him well. He was not subjected to the same criteria and standards as the rest, since he has not been involved with previous service in this community.
** Current sitting Council persons
*** Currently sitting on an appointed board or committee.
The areas of discussion were the following: Loyalty in public service; Honesty in public service; The ability to be a team Player; Desire to represent the citizens.; Articulation of the facts; Support for the law.; Preparedness on issues to discuss or vote on; Leadership as an elected official:, Ability to Cooperate with other entities in the valley; The Nexus between Private and Public Life.(Does your private life have influence in your public life, and vise versa.) A number was assigned to the final conclusion on each subject. 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. Those with the highest scores were thought to be better, for the future of the Valley and showed a propensity for doing well or better than expected if elected.
This is presented as the feelings of five individuals and in no way, should be construed as the absolute authority on the election. The group of five, believes that citizens should make themselves educated on the issues. They should also measure candidates based on those issues surrounded with facts and the best candidate should be elected to serve.
I have presented this information, in hopes that citizens in Heber City, will search out the best candidates. They will search for those that will serve well, with out regard to last names, political party, or other systems that have been used in years past to support the election of individuals to the various offices. Citizens in this valley should arm themselves with the facts of the issues, and then find those candidates of like mind. Anything else is a travesty of what the founding fathers of this nation intended. THE DOCTOR

Monday, September 03, 2007

CANDIDATE FINDINGS

Dear Ann,

This writer has received some very interesting information, regarding those who are running for the Heber City Council.
Five people, it seems, have taken the time, to sit down and review each candidate based on what they know, and what is public.
They rated the candidates based on 10 criteria, and then ranked them one through ten. Each candidate received a score on each of the ten criteria, and the total was then taken, and based on that, the candidates received a score. What is interesting Ann, is the five people, who by the way, have either served in previous years, or are serving now. Political party was not a factor. But it seems, history was.
Ann, come back here on Sept. 8th, and review each one of the candidates and their score. At that time, I will post, the criteria and how they scored.
I really appreciate the time the people took to do this, and whats more I appreciate their confidence in this site to release the information.

See you again on Sept. 8th.

Until then, bye.