Wednesday, September 3, 2008

This recall mess

I'm a 29-year-old 2002 Whitman College graduate with a degree in political theory and policy. After college I moved to Ketchum planning to set roots, and to follow though on my dreams to become a successful Ketchumite. I'd like to comment on this recall mess. Anne Corrock, and those who support her, possess values and intentions that are in direct opposition to the dreams and goals of the young adults of Ketchum. Their attempt to influence local government is rooted in disgruntled NIMBYism. They're trying to fire the mayor relying on baseless accusations. They drum up old issues that are long past resolved. They frame their argument in a way that makes the good things he's done look evil. She's in the paper stating that she's "doing what's best for the town I love so dearly" while our town erodes from underneath our feet.

You seem to forget that the only constant is change. Your actions are contributing to a change for the worse, and your attempts to fight positive change contribute to a culture of negativity and divisiveness. You may not see this because you've become so caught up in maintaining your personal status quo that you are blind to the fact that your interests are in direct opposition to the greater good of this community.

So, those of you with your names at the top of that recall petition: Keep pushing. Keep sprinkling arsenic on the garden of progress. Maybe you'll get the wonderful retirement community you seem to want so badly: Quiet, barren, devoid of youth and all to yourself.

J.W. Hegewald


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