Sometimes those of us who want the Mintier-Harnish general plan draft are asked why – why make a big deal of that when there’s a new general plan being considered? Mintier-Harnish is in the past, let it go.
Well, there is the nearly $1 million spent on that Mintier Harnish draft. And there is the fact that it emerged from wide citizen involvement and reflected that input in the vision statement that we were able to see before Mintier was fired.
But more than that, there is the fact that it should be our document, not the government’s. We are being told by public officials what we are allowed to see and read and what we are not. We are being told that even though we contributed substantial time, energy and money to the creation of that document, it is now none of our business. The message is that we have no right to see it, we have no need to see it, it belongs to county officials, not to county citizens.
Is this the relationship we want with our county government? Is this what we have voted for?