The Palace of Malice

On February 7, 2008 the Los Alamos County Council voted to destroy the physical symbol of the Independence of Los Alamos.

On December 21, 2010 5 Members of the Los Alamos County Council, 2 of whom voted in the affirmative in the above cited action, voted to destroy the liberties and rights of the citizens of Los Alamos and to vacate the Charter which was the codification of the Independence of Los Alamos.

The Palace of Malice, akin to Nero's Golden Palace and destined to become home to Ozymandius, will be built upon a foundation of legal chicanery, ruthless manipulation, self-aggrandizement, wanton destruction, and the wholesale abuse of Public Trust and authority --- but at what cost, and borne by whom?

Reality Check -- No community of any size can long survive the destruction of its heritage, the dissolution of its freedoms, and the permanent division of its citizens.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

37) Walkabout

I have been walking the neighborhoods and precincts of Los Alamos and White Rock, knocking on doors, and meeting and talking to the residents of the County since mid-March.  Perhaps it would be useful to write something daily here, relaying what I hear -- downside is I am not really a diarist and then there is the time problem of just writing it (I type slow)..........besides, what I hear is best absorbed over time and doesn't really lend itself well to immediate report and analysis.

The exercise has proven educational to say the least.  I wish that Council Chambers were filled with the people I have heard from telling Council what they tell me.  Probably not likely.  Things folks say to one another in single conversation rarely are expounded in the public arena; probably has to do with the formality of the latter setting and the time constraints thereof which tends to weigh against discourse.

What occurs to me is that the Leadership LA program would best be served by having its "students" engage in a similar exercise.  Though like as not the results would be less than to be hoped for since the exercise would be a contrivance, not a conversation.

One thing is crystal clear:  County government, policy makers, and policy advocates are so out of touch with the citizenry that they might just as well be from different galaxies.  That fact cannot be in the long-term best interests of Los Alamos and her future.

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