Every once in a while, citizens engage themselves in some serious observation of policy and actions on the part of their leaders. The following recital of an event a few days ago confirms my suspicion, that citizens are seeing the big picture and are not as easily deceived as some may think.
The other day at lunch, an older member of our community expressed some concern with the events that had transpired over the last few years.
He felt betrayed and deceived over the promises of new jobs, retail establishments and increases in revenue for Heber City so they did not need to threaten a tax increase.
The conversation led him to exclaim, the confidence he should have in elected leaders was gone and with that demise of confidence, he also lost the trust he once had. It was obvious he felt real betrayal.
When asked to give an accounting of his feelings, he told all gathered at the table the following:
As a supporter for Big Box in the community, he had voted for the ordinance that would allow such a thing to happen. He said he believed what he was told, what he was showed. He attended the meetings, he received his mailers and wanted to believe everything that was mentioned.
Now he is wondering where is the 350 jobs that were promised? Where is housing that was promised? Where are the stores that had been promised. He reminded us all that citizens were promised a Red Lobster, Olive Garden and so forth. The promise was a Super Center Wal-Mart with a garden center, a tire shop and a whole lot more. He was wondering where are the stores that Boyer in the meetings said they had signed up and claimed would be coming? He noticed that Sears was now on the list, but according to ads in the local paper, Sears is not signed up yet, because they are looking for someone to come in and start a small Sears store and try and compete with Wal-Mart.
The larger question for our friend seemed to be, really what is going on and why is it that information seems to be coming from Boyer only and then repeated by Heber City as if it is totally factual? He though it could be a stretch, to suggest that Heber City really knows what is going on and if they had any inkling at all, if Wal-Mart was coming or not.
The point was made with a question: “Was Heber City government deceived by Boyer like the rest of the citizens or did Heber City really know what was going on from day one and decided their role was to aid and abet this fraud for some kind of purpose that citizens may never know?”
He went on to mention his deep concern for what has been framed as hangar gate. He believes this issue was so similar to the Wal-Mart deal. Things done with out facts, without due diligence. No one paying attention to the issues. Total lack of fact finding on what could be and might be. And now it is being hinted by the Taxpayers Association, that moving money from one area or one account to another may have violated state law and to comply with the law, such action required a public hearing which was never held or noticed.
It seems to him, the more people look into the business dealings of the current administration, the more it looks like no one is in control of the situations and it is every man or person for themselves.
The discussion led him to make the case, that now, he felt he could not trust the current administration. And regardless of what they said, there was no way he could ever have confidence in their ability to lead, serve or even protect any citizen including himself.