Rick Barnes: Change is needed
March 4, 2011
To the editor:
As of March 2, it became apparent that it is time to put our newly elected GOP central committee officers' feet to the fire.
These people assured not only our precinct chairs, but also Moffat County, that they not only had the time, but the desire to commit to their respective jobs.
As it stands, the election of the new GOP central committee officers was nothing but a title and name-builder from the good old boys club and/or the county's elite, again.
A lot of time and effort went into setting up and organizing a forum for all newly elected GOP local officials, from five counties, to meet and ask questions of the state GOP central committee candidates which would have opened up a communication line between these candidates and the local GOP officials that is not there now.
These candidates not only rearranged their schedules, but drove 250 miles to be here to address the voting members and citizens of our counties.
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Our local GOP voting members did not give the respect not only to these candidates, but to Moffat County as a whole, to drive 40 miles to Steamboat Springs.
This was not just an embarrassment to me and the other two residents of Moffat County who were there, but also to Moffat County as a whole.
Our local GOP officials want more involvement from the community, young and old, but how can this happen when they aren't even getting involved themselves?
The citizens of Craig and Moffat County need to ask this question, to start with.
How can we expect our central committee officers to drive 250-plus miles to vote for our state central committee officers when they won't even drive 40 miles to get to know the candidates who are running for these offices?
To get our governments back to a more transparent and fiscal way of governing, it has to start right here in our own front yards.
The citizenry must start getting involved and let our elected officials know we are not just sitting any more, we are getting involved and watching.
The forum was recorded, so if anyone would like a copy, please let me know.
You then can have an idea of who might be representing us at the state level and let the voting members know how you feel one way or the other of who you think would best represent our county.