Candidate forum was stacked against Fraser Rec District recall backers
February 15, 2009
To the Editor:
The candidate forum at the Fraser Library took up the recall vote on the Fraser Rec District. It was unusual for a local dispute because it appeared to stack the deck, like we are seeing it done in national politics. Consider three reasons for saying so:
– The meeting was not held in a large room, and one could suspect that the word went out to fill the room ” early ” with supporters of the district managers.
– Questions had to be written and submitted through a referee. That ploy prevents open discussion by the two sides. Is this a technique picked up from our meaningless presidential “debates.”
– Three board members were up for recall. There were also three candidates who want to reform the board, Davlin, DeVos, and Woods. But there were still three other candidates who support the present board. So an innocent voter has only a 50-50 chance of electing the reformers.
Now stacking the deck that way isn’t very nice, is it?
The truth is, there are several issues that simply cry out for public discussion. Does Fraser Valley need a new golf clubhouse, or sports facilities to entertain the children of affluent parents?. Our five TV channels have not been well maintained. And now, an investor seems to want a hotel with a covered walkway to the playground ” so our tax money will go to support a private business. Isn’t that something like a bailout?
What has happened to the idea of user pays … and misuser pays? Why are working stiffs bound by law to support leisure pursuits of the local gentry?
Is this a nice way to treat working folks in times of rising tax burdens?
But here’s something that is nice. Why not sell the rec district enterprises to local businessmen, and distribute the money to those who have funded this luxury for many years?
If you live in the Rec District, try to resign and see how far you get. But if you can’t resign, you can vote against a system that does not look very nice.