Curtis Wells seems confused...
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The Grand County Council appointed Curtis Wells to represent us at the Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments and the Utah Association of Counties. Lobbying for the state to force us to change our form of government while claiming he was doing so as a private citizen is disingenuous; UAC believes that he “was representing his constituents” and very well at that. Mr. Wells is an at-large commissioner and therefore represents all of us in Grand County. Grand County voters have spoken loud and clear: voting three times to keep our odd, volunteer, non-partisan, term-limited and recall-enabled form of government.

I agree with Mr. Wells that our form of government may not be the ideal. But so far the voters seem to think that it is better than any other option. Openness and transparency are important. When I served on the council I would never have lobbied in secret the way Wells did. Our form of government is a very important issue, and our entire community should be allowed to participate in the conversation about whether or not to change it. We should not have our fate decided by one disgruntled council member working behind closed doors.

The council has always had the power to make changes to our government by ordinance without “throwing the baby out with the bath water.” To date no one, including Wells, has proposed any changes. Mr. Wells, before you accuse other elected officials of not doing their jobs, perhaps you should explain why you have not proposed changes to improve the way Grand County’s government works.

Mr. Wells seems to think that an individual’s membership in or support of an organization such the Sierra Club means that his or her views on all subjects should be dismissed out-of-hand. He seems to think that supporting several candidates for office who do not agree with him is unfair and entitles him to call people names. He doesn’t appear to have a problem with supporting a slate of candidates with whom he agrees.

It is this sort of thinking that has contributed to the polarization that has made our national political parties so distasteful to many.

Mr. Wells, get a grip.

—Bob Greenberg

Moab

Candidate, Utah 70th House District


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