Sunday, November 29, 2009

PATRIOTS ARE NEEDED

It has been written that a patriot must be willing to defend his country against his government.
What is needed today are patriots, not only who will defend their Country, but will to defend the truth against lies, deceit and worse, now coming out of high places, whether it is Federal, State or Local. Citizens need to stand up and be counted. This is not the time to be cowards. Neither is it time for people to accept what is offered with out asking questions and seeking the proofs. The idea, that citizens can just plug-a -long and things will work out, is long gone. There is a need to know the truth, to know the facts.
“My people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)
As in Old Testament days, there is a crying need for real knowledge. There is a critical need for citizens to assess clearly and accurately all the information they receive from those that serve, whether elected or appointed.
The days of ignorance and its twin, apathy must be over. For those who would lead us down questionable paths, knowledge is an avowed enemy. There is nothing these characters would not do to keep citizens in the dark. Every citizen worth his or her salt, knows, in spite of the obstacles, that knowledge and understanding is the strength of a free people.
Our liberties are under attack. Programs that take away our rights or allow more government intrusion are proposed and voted on every week. Some of those that represent citizens are caught in whirlpools of corruption along with Quid-pro-Quo and back room deals where influence is actively bought and sold. No part of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is safe. Citizens put up with poor planning, questionable leadership, ill-advised policies and the illegal delegation of authority by those elected to those appointed. People now are seeing the necessity to adhere to real moral standards. “Amid the infinite confusion around us today, the only safeguard is the moral standard. The important question about any proposed action, by a man or by a nation, is not is it smart? but is it right?” (JBS 1963)
Citizens must now move out with boldness, armed with facts, prepared to disarm the enemy who glories in misinformation, poor decision making, questionable social causes, who scoff at true patriotism, and then hide behind the rights granted by this great nation to do their works of darkness. They and their minions must now be made accountable.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

ARE CHANGES IN THE WIND?

Is the current City Manager of Heber City leaving his post and retiring?
The rumor mill is running overtime with information, that Heber City may be looking for a new City Manager, even if they decide to keep the post in the new administration.

What does this rumor mean for the current Mayor as he prepares to keep the door to his office open for another four years?
The Mayor has not always had the time in the past, due to working outside of the county, and has given a lot of his administrative authority to the City Manager. Will he be able to step up to the plate with out the Manager in place and provide some form of leadership, or will the Council make the case for themselves to retain some of the leadership out of necessity?

The two new council people coming in, with the addition of other votes that could be added to theirs, could change the dynamics and the direction of the Council. But, is that not what the voters said they wanted?

Perhaps, those who have practiced short cuts in government and doing the “in house thing” should be dusting off the resumes and start using the phone searching for friends. With the City manager perhaps cleaning out his desk, is it going to leave some problems out in the open for everyone to see? Some members of the City staff will be thinking of some pretty nifty Christmas gifts for the Council in hopes of restoring their name from the list of those who have been naughty in not following the law to the hopeful list of job retention.

Citizens are going to be watching to see if there is really going to be some measurable change of direction even if a number of current employees might be diminished.
It will take some time for the City to change back from a lack of leadership and direction to a new era of government by the people and for the people.
Laws, Codes, ordinances, commissions and boards must all come under the careful scrutiny necessary to weed out the unnecessary and the do nothings.

The coming months will be lot of work for the council but it seems they have the desire to serve and serve right.

Citizens now will have a chance to participate in government and know that voices of the strong as well as the voices of the weak will be heard.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

OBSERVATIONS FOR THE FUTURE

It is obvious even to the casual observer, that some changes will need to take place in order to accomplish the goals that were mentioned in the general election.
The incoming members of the council with some remaining ones will need to determine if continuing with a City Manager is in the best interest of good government and the citizens they will be serving.
And if they decide to remove the City Manager, then where do they go? Return to a more involved role by the Council with strong department heads or change to some other form of government? Heber City has always been referred to as a weak Mayor/strong Council form of Government. To conclude that Citizens are expecting some major changes and a more active role by the council is perhaps stating the obvious. The expectations of change are also supported by many other agencies in the Valley in the interest of better cooperation.

The Council in 2010 has a number of issues that will need resolution and in the interest of supporting change and their elected leaders, citizens need to make plans to participate in the process and take a more active role.

Other issues that need some clarity will require Citizens to ask themselves a couple of serious growth questions. How large should Heber City be? Should annexations be continued on the same pace as in the past and are citizens willing to pay for the problems that ensue?
Let your leaders know, most will appreciate some answers outside of the normal channels that have misled them in the past.

Will the incoming council start a search for the facts regarding Valley Station and be in a position to notify the citizens what can be expected in the next few years? Repeating what the developer keeps saying is akin to governing in the dark on the edge of a cliff. Perhaps in 2010 a reinvigorated City Council will make sure the facts are known and the information is correct before making statements related to Valley Station. And just maybe, changes can be made in that relationship that will ensure that citizens are not required to guess about the future, pick up the costs due to unintended consequences or see their business district destroyed due to negligence.

The natives are restless and they are expecting some major changes in direction. They want truth, transparency and a listening ear. They want respect when they have an issue. They want fairness in decision making. And citizens want less intrusion in their lives, not more.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

ANOTHER PROBLEM ON ANOTHER DAY

Just when we thought things could not get anymore weird, along comes a phone call from a business in Provo, wondering if government in the upper valley is all done based on kick backs and special perks.

The story that was told, was right out of a movie script. But upon closer inspection and a little investigation, it became obvious, there may be some truth in the revelation.

The person making the call at first came across as one who was playing a sorrowful tune of sour grapes. But after prolong conversation, there were things mentioned that only someone who had participated would have known.

The scary part was contained in a couple of sentences, when this person discussed the process right down to the smallest degree and then started naming what had taken place and who had benefited.

A few phone calls on the weekend, gave some substance to one’s worst dreams. We do have people, who have been hired to do a job crossing over the line in an attempt to make money on the side and create benefits for themselves that others could not ever have. Of course when this goes on, there is also the need to find a very large broom so all the problems can be swept under the closest rug.

There are three things that must be done.

1. If new leaders are elected they must take this problem and dispose of it immediately, so the stench does not taint their administration. If I am elected as a new Mayor, those names now known will be brought in and if confession comes to what is already known, they will be terminated at once.

2. If they fail to confess, there will be a need to involve the County Attorney. His office armed with the facts, can investigate and follow the law to a rightful conclusion, no matter who or how many finally are found to be involved.

3. If the Administration remains the same, then in time, there maybe an outside investigation, but as in some other things, it will be a slow process with many protective road blocks. It will require a number of GRAMA requests. There will be a certain amount of cover-up and in the end the truth will prevail, but then again hell will be close to freezing over too.

No one should believe at this point, the problem will go away and the investigation will be dropped. It is just, that without the right people in office, it will take more time and energy and after the spinning and misspeaking, everyone will wonder if it was really worth it.