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Suggestions for New Year's Resolutions?

Original post made by POGO on Dec 24, 2010

It's that time of year and I was wondering if you had suggestions for new year's resolutions. This might be a helpful thread for those in our neighborhoods who cannot think of thing!

I'll be glad to take a shot:

1. That our elected officials will always respect their citizenry by conducting their business in public.

2. That our elected officials will not tolerate illegal or immoral acts by any official or employee; that they will have the integrity to "call it out" no matter how uncomfortable.

3. That our elected officials will respect all citizens and not subject them to crude or defamatory comments when they are seeking help.

4. That our elected officials will be as efficient with our tax dollars as they are with their own; that they will accurately represent our city and town's financial condition, act responsibility and restore fiscal sanity to our budgets.

5. Because citizens have no alternative but to listen to our elected officials drone on for hours at a time, we would hope they could at least pay attention and show appropriate respect to citizens who have made the effort to attend a city council meeting, mustered the courage to go up to the microphone and are allowed to speak for three whole minutes.

6. That our elected officials will respect personal property rights and resist imposing unreasonable limits or burdensome requirements on our properties.


Your suggested resolutions are welcome, whether I agree with them or not.

Comments (5)

Posted by Be it resolved, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 24, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Good suggestions, POGO. We all ought to resolve to keep our eyes on our elected officials and hold them to those standards.

My suggestion pertains to the roadway rather than the council chambers:

That drivers will stop thinking of the roads as their kingdoms, and their vehicles as royal chariots, and behave toward other drivers the way you would treat them if you happened to be sitting next to them at your child's school play.

What is it about being in an enclosed space, on a roadway, that makes people behave in such ugly ways, behavior they would never be guilty of when they leave the isolation of their cars? By the way, I'm constantly having to battle this tendency in myself, so I'm not trying to sound holier-than-thou. I just think the roads would be a lot calmer and less dangerous if we all made more of an effort to fight this reflex.


Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 24, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Accountability of elected officials only happens if someone is paying attention so my suggestion is that citizens get involved:
- attend Council/Board meetings
- pay close attention to the budgets and unfunded liabilities of every local public entity
- speak up at those meeting on matters that you think are important
- serve on committees
- run for office
- insist that the DA enforce the laws regarding public officials

We DO get the kind of government that we deserve.


Posted by taxpayer, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Dec 24, 2010 at 3:02 pm

That property owners realize that they are part of a community, that what they want to do with their property may affect others adversely (or positively), and that they acknowledge and accept their "property rights" are limited by city rules and guidelines. When they seek extraordinary approvals (i.e., not in accordance with city rules or guidelines), they willingly accept rejection or special requirements in return.


Posted by Just Wondering, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 1, 2011 at 9:36 pm

To we-all-know-who:

Limit holier-than-thou posts to no more than one a day.


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 1, 2011 at 9:58 pm

"Limit holier-than-thou posts to no more than one a day."

Just wandering: how about you take your own advice?


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