Letter: Take a stand and vote your conscience
Ryan Summerlin March 23, 2014
To the Editor:
In the Friday March 5 edition of the Sky-Hi News reference is made to the April Grand Lake municipal election. There are three, four-year term seats up for election. This is a spectacular opportunity for the residents of Grand Lake to take a hard look at the current town council make up and to make some changes in how the city is run. The three incumbents are not running for re-election which means three new board members.
Why is this an opportunity? Well, in the last few years the city has lost businesses, the school and now recently allowed the library district to reduce the days and hours of the library. It is time for the residents of Grand Lake to pay attention to who is looking out for our community. The status quo is diminishing every day. We depend on the town council to represent us in matters throughout the county. While decisions are made by other boards (i.e. county commissioners, the school district, and library district), our elected officials interact with them on a regular basis.
Each registered voter is urged to do your homework, meet your candidates and make educated decisions as you vote in the April election. If you don’t vote, you have no reason to complain about the way the community is run or the services provided. Encourage your neighbors to vote, the time is now.
As a country, people are unsatisfied with the way government is being run from the office of the U.S. president to the volunteer boards in local communities. Your vote does count. It is imperative for each of us to take a stand and vote our conscience.
Grand Lake cannot afford to give up any more. We have sacrificed our school and our businesses. Don’t believe for a moment that reduced library hours won’t lead to closure of that facility next.
It is your responsibility to question and your right to demand the best from all of your elected officials. They represent you.