Restoring our Community Pride and Spirit
Below is a comment found on a local blogger’s website where it went unappreciated (even unfairly ridiculed) for its depth of reasoning and understanding of our local situation. Hopefully, it will find a better home here where bloggers having a higher degree of intellectual capability and appreciation of thoughtful dialogue and discussion are known to reside. Oh, No! :-)
Let us look at two military strategies which deny defending forces much chance of resistance even if the enemy is routed.
Salting the earth, or sowing with salt, is the ritual of spreading salt on conquered cities to symbolize a curse on its re-inhabitation.
Scorched earth policy is a military strategy which involves destroying anything that might be useful to the enemy while advancing through or withdrawing from an area. It is a military strategy where all of the assets that are used or can be used by the enemy are targeted, such as food sources, transportation, communications, industrial resources, and even the people in the area.
Emperor Decoux & his cronies certainly regard the rest of us as enemies. The scorched earth policy has certainly been used, firemen & volunteer boards targeted, equipment being sold off & parts of our infrastructure being closed, sold or under consideration of sale. His henchmen have been put into place, how long will we have to pay their wages & where will we find the money to do so? Do we continue to maintain the lords above at the cost of our seniors, infrastructure & lifestyle?
It is my opinion that this has been a concerted effort by Decoux to avenge some real or imagined slight incurred at some time in his life. Whether it was as a child growing up here or the fact that his boss at the university was a bred & born Pass resident, something has certainly got him twisted. His entire concept seems to be a desire to drag us poor stupid mountain hicks into the 21st century, regardless of any or all consequences. It is without a doubt that he knew pursuing the course he has would result in only one term hence the push for all the changes.
The biggest question of all is why the unanimous support of all the councillors? Are they all that gullible that Emperor Decoux was able to sway them or so stupid they couldn’t see the consequences? Why is it that until the rate-payer’s petition, there was never a hint of a dissenting voice? Even now at this late date, most are still maintaining closed ranks with Emperor Decoux.
This community will never be the same regardless of the results of the next election. What we had is gone, destroyed by men with illusions of grandeur, whether we can rebuild something that resembles a community remains to be seen. While I hope for the best, unfortunately I anticipate the worst.
“You have to believe in yourself. ”
― Sun Tzu
I believe everything Doomsayer has said here up to the last paragraph is spot on. Therefore, I will not debate such. However, I do take exception, as I said, with the last paragraph and its negative, pessimistic tone which strangely at the same time contains a quote directly below it that seems to contradict it? Giving as it does an opposite view or opinion. Was this done deliberately with the intention of giving hope and/or inspiration? I don’t know?
Decades of mismanagement (as our current mayor is on record stating is what we received at the hands of our former mayor), is at the root of our problems. Add to that this mayor’s ‘final solution’ being worse than what was ailing us in the first place, and yes, serious questions are raised as to where we can go from here, if anywhere, after the next election.
Being an eternal optimist and pragmatist to boot, I do not believe things are as bad or hopeless as some suggest. With the right leadership things can be turned around. Certainly they will have to take a step back and reverse some of the damage that has been done by this current council but that in itself will be but a minor inconvenience consisting for the most part in changing/amending or doing away with certain bylaws, reorganizing administration with an eye to cuttings costs and unnecessary duplication by way of wage and managerial reductions i.e. more Indians less Chiefs at a cheaper price.
Fiscal responsibility, living within our means, and being realistic and practical with respect to our future economic outlook must also be taken into consideration. The fact is no mayor or council can promise or guarantee economic prosperity these days considering the current world economic situation, and the limited revenues – mainly property taxes and grants from senior levels of government – available to us. Being prudent fiscal managers, with an eye to self-sufficiency, innovation and creativeness is the best we can hope for. With the right team, this will be enough.
Restoring our community pride by bringing back our small town attitudes and ways is paramount here, as is enticing back former volunteers to return to the fold while encouraging new ones to join in, while at the same time instilling our ‘indomitable spirit’ and feeling of ‘Mountain Freedom’ in the air again, should be the first order of business.
With luck, TITV will return for next summer and in bringing it back we’ll all celebrate and party like we have never done before with friends, neighbours and visitors alike, while getting the message out to the world that… WE’RE BACK!
The future depends on what we do in the present.