Letter: Why the sudden interest in term limits, Grand Lake Fire?
January 28, 2014
To the Editor:
As with all things political, there are positives and negatives to term limits. Term limits in themselves are neither good nor bad, simply a tool set in place to protect an electorate from strong special interests or an entrenched, disconnected political power; so anytime I hear about government leaders asking for a change in the system, I become suspicious.
In the case of the Grand Lake Fire Protection District, I have more than a curious interest in the subject. Having been a member of the department, and a current property owner in Grand Lake, I'm curious as to why the sudden interest in changing the system? I have read the chief's reasons, but they don't answer my question about the sudden interest.
The reason I bring this up is that during my time with the organization, there was no interest in changing the system. At the time we had many outstanding board members that were allowed to run out their terms. These board members were very good at asking questions about the validity of all department operations and financial expenditures. Not because they were against doing what needed to be done, but because they wanted to make sure the decisions were well-planned and had been properly vetted. When personnel issues arose they were very good about sitting back and listening to both sides of the story before making decisions, in my opinion they didn't shy away from tough issues, and they never tried to sweep things under the rug.
So why was there no interest in protecting those positions against term limits?
Knowing what I do, I have my suspicions that this attempt to eliminate term limits has as much to do with power control, and less to do with a dwindling volunteer interest. It's always possible that I could be wrong. I will fully admit I know very little about the current board, but anytime someone with control of that much political capital is asking for a change, I'm going to assume there's more to the story. Shouldn't we all be just a little curious?
Ask questions, be a part of the process, know what's going on with the services you are funding.