…. Forward into the Future.
What will be our Future Direction?
Is that where this community is headed after Monday’s municipal election here? Some think if certain people get in that is exactly where we are headed, back into the past…. instead of into the future. Which of these two options will ultimately be our future direction?
I mean look at Painter, Kovach, Lazzarotto, and Ward. Prior to this election did we ever hear from Painter? The answer is no. He was satisfied with his role within the fire department and status quo in the community, despite the fact our municipality was being run into the ground with two decades of authoritarian rule by our former mayor resulting in economic stagnation and serious population decline. Kovach and Lazzarotto despite their many years with Community Futures never delivered anything of a substantive nature to this community during all that time. Nor did Dean during his two terms on council.
The above four people’s whole platform is very similar boiling down to cut, slash, and burn. That is all they ever talk about, or have ever done (remember Dean’s successful crusade to get rid of our spring and fall clean-ups). For example, go on Dean’s blog and check out for yourself instances where he talks about ways to build community. There’s none, for he like the others lack imagination and vision for they are stuck in the past wanting nothing better than to keep us there.
Others of their ilk want that too, especially those from old school. You can see this for yourself by visiting some of our local Facebook groups on-line. These people, who normally are rational and intelligent somehow when it comes to municipal elections here in the Pass undergo a metamorphosis of sorts, reverting to a zombie type state refusing to do their homework by doing basic research on those candidates running for election. Having, for many, pre-decided the outcome of this election even before it was officially called? Blair Painter and those from the Ratepayer Executive who are running, along with their advisers Dean Ward and Shar Lazzarotto are the chosen ones without quantification.
Now I ask you, do you blame me for posting what I did in my last post in trying to encourage those who are ignorant, ill-informed and lazy from voting in this municipal election? For it is these very people who in all likelihood will decide the ultimate outcome of our election, and future direction, and yet they are the very ones who are the least capable of making informed, rational, reasoned decisions on our behalf. Therefore I urged these people to stay home and not vote rather than endanger our community with the ramifications of their decisions, as what they did in the last election when they voted en masse for a name not even knowing the man.
Unless, of course, they break from the past by taking on the responsibility of being independent of both mind and purpose in researching for themselves who is best fit to not only lead this community, but to move it forward in a manner conducive to a future built on growth and prosperity for all, and not just for the elites and special interest groups only.
Growth and prosperity for all will not come from those with proven track records of never having delivered on either in the past for this community. Nor will it come from voters who vote blindly for a slate, rather than on individual merit based on sound reasoning utilizing ones own little grey cells.
There is two days left for people to get their act together and in doing so coming to the realization that going back in time is not an option, but moving forward is. The future direction of our municipality is at stake here. We need to get it right!
Past is a nice place to visit but certainly not a good place to stay.