‘Transparency in government’ is a top issue locally and nationally and something the public demands.
These local and national stories bring this to the public forefront.
Michael Wagar, Publisher/Editor of the Nisqually Valley News wrote an outstanding Editorial today. I’d add to Mr. Wagar’s Op-Ed that the city “could be a bit more transparent and proactive” in responding to criticism by providing the public true and accurate facts. The City of Yelm needs to do more to tell its story, as one of the City Administrator candidates stated, rather just getting city news via blogs and newspapers. I agree!
– “New City Leaders Encouraged to Embrace Transparency”
By Michael Wagar, Nisqually Valley News Publisher/Editor.
“These past few weeks have been a whirlwind at Yelm City Hall.
We have a new mayor, city administrator, councilor and another councilor resigned. This comes after three newbies gained election to the Yelm City Council during last year’s election cycle. That’s a lot of change.
First off, thanks to all for stepping up in what can be a tireless job with little pay (except for the city administrator, who gets paid plenty). Councilor Bob Isom, congratulations for all the fine work during these past 16 years, and best wishes as you work through the Moose Lodge organization and its charity “Mooseheart” to make this world a better place.
I spent a few afternoons not so long ago with developer Mike Edwards and Community Development Director Grant Beck examining the governance of the city of Yelm. After more than a few hours on more than a few afternoons, we came to the conclusion the city is operating in a reputable manner, but could be a bit more transparent and proactive in defending itself when it comes under criticism.
With all this change, there has been plenty of talk about being open and above board, I hope all of our new players make sure that is a priority. While we applaud your dedication, in the end, you all serve for the best interests of the people, and that includes as open a government as possible.”
– Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) subpoenas FBI for Clinton e-mails
“Chairman Chaffetz schools FBI on Congressional Oversight, since #1814… FBI stating will not cooperate; No Executive Privilege invoked by President Obama… therefore, Subpoena Issued.
Chaffetz To FBI Assistant Director: You Are Hereby Served!”
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Blogger Steve Klein is a founding Board member of the Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) and serves on the Executive Board as Secretary.