Email Letters: September 20, 2017
People’s voice not heard on name change
I’m sure that when City Council decided to go forward with the name change from North Avenue to University Boulevard they didn’t anticipate the level of controversy that would result from it. I have seen posts on both sides as to the reasons why it should or shouldn’t be changed. Some are neutral, wondering why there are any issues at all. I myself have written to the City Council letting them know my concerns with their decision. I wanted to clarify my personal concerns with this particular issue. It rests in the very foundations that our forefathers intended our government to stand upon – the very first words in our national Constitution…“We The People.”
As it clearly states in the Declaration of Independence: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
In short, this means that the government gets its power from the people. This sadly hasn’t been a reality for our national, state, and now – so it seems – our local government. In my opinion, there are many good personal and economic reasons why the name change shouldn’t occur, but for me it runs so much deeper than this. There is a moral factor that in such a huge decision that effects so many of us, our city government failed to allow our voices to be heard. Few made a decision for the many and that is something that should concern us all. I can accept a name change if in fact it was something that the majority of the people within the community agreed to. I cannot, however, accept the fact that the city felt that it was acceptable to take away the voice of its people.
So, as a citizen of this community I will sign the petition against the name change. I encourage every citizen to do the same – not because you agree or disagree or maybe don’t even care about the name change – but as a sign to our local government that here in Mesa County the voice of the people will continue to be heard.
Government should spend tax money on form over function
In response to John Borgen’s online letter:
Mr. Borgen, The concept of “taxing ourselves into prosperity” is not about streets, roads, and law enforcement, but about the manner in which those taxes collected are used.
“Governments” are created by the people to see to the common, everyday, necessary activities of the community and to society as a whole.
While safe, well-maintained streets and roads, as well as criminal control, are the prime reasons for the creation of a government, our taxes are spent on a myriad of projects in which government has no legitimate role.
The government has no intrinsic need to become involved in “pretty.” While providing a safe and comfortable building, whether it is for emergency services or bureaucratic, all government buildings should be built for functionality. They should not be built as an artistic showpiece with designs that do nothing for function but are strictly “pretty” so the government workers can have a pretty place to work. The same goes for emergency services and law enforcement. Function over form. This subject is too long and detailed to deal with in such a limited forum as this.
Simply raising taxes to throw more money at failed, needless areas of government is taxing the citizens into poverty for no good, acceptable reason.