Common sense, our elected officials and you
December 24, 2013
OPINION By LAURA MORDAUNT
Our elected officials are usually ordinary people who decided to care about our county and its residents…blah, blah, blah. I think that is the way it use to be with some exceptions. Today what I see traveling around from city council to city council (Grover Beach, Atascadero, Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo) and the Board of Supervisors, APCD, SLOCOG and IWMA is astounding.
What I have learned is that there are good people in our local government, but far too few. It takes 12 months to three years to know for yourself what is happening in these governmental meetings. Is the public being served? Are all the facts presented in writing before the meetings and at the meetings? Are tricks being played and strategic alliances being formed to override the facts?
Because our local news outlets, in general, are one sided, we the people, are left out in the cold when it comes to the truth. If you are like me and you spend your whole life going to these meetings and reading both sides and speaking out, you will know the facts. But my neighbors do not go to these meetings because they are raising families and working at jobs to be responsible for the cost of their lives.
So why do I tell you this? This information has been said so many times by so many. The reason is that we need government watchdogs. There is no free ride. You must care and educate yourself. It is the silent majority’s fault when lies are told. If we are too busy to check them out, and the news media supports the lies, as they are doing right now, then lies win. Truth does not matter if there are no public watchdogs like the media use to be. How many times have you or others said, “that could never happen” or why would they do that since it would be against themselves and their family?” Way too many times. So most of our citizens tell themselves I am at this point in time going to believe in the good nature of man and give them a pass, otherwise I would have to do something. They pretend that the sick feeling in their gut is something they ate and turn away.
I recommend that each resident take at least two days off a year and sit in a board of supervisor’s meeting when a controversial issue is happening. You can watch the board of supervisor’s meetings in real time or download them the next day at http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/bos/BOSagenda.htm (click on the meeting of interest). Additionally, go to a city council meeting four times a year (these meetings are at night) when issues are begin discussed. See for yourself and ask your local political group what is happening. Get local, get involved and learn about what each authoritative board or council has planned for you and your loved ones. I know, and I am extremely concerned for my family and yours.
I do not care what political group you are with. If truth and facts are of value to you, I would be happy to dialogue and welcome your efforts to provide and protect our beloved Central Coast and San Luis Obispo County.
Merry Christmas and a happy new and aware year!
Laura Morduant is a retired systems engineer and math teacher and is a member of the San Luis Obispo County Republican Central Committee.