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6/10/2014 10:12:00 AM
Editorial: Apathy is a silent killer
Williams-Grand Canyon News


It's easier to complain about something but harder to do anything about it.

And it seems there is more complaining and less doing going on in Williams as the Aug. 26 primary election approaches.

Three seats on the Williams City council are up for grabs along with the mayor's position.

What is surprising and saddening is that the incumbent councilmen and mayor are running uncontested. Nobody stepped up to the plate to run against them.

We're not saying Councilmen Bernie Hiemenz and Lee Payne, Vice Mayor Don Dent and Mayor John Moore aren't doing a good job. We're not taking a position one way or the other on that.

We're saying the residents of Williams would benefit from some healthy debate around issues facing the community.

Some readers of our website use the article comment feature to criticize the current council about most of its decisions. Most of these comments are anonymous. It's easy to criticize the decisions and actions of others from behind the curtain of the Internet.

If you don't like how the city is handling the current water crisis, and have a possible solution you think isn't being considered, maybe a run for city council is in order.

O.K. Not everyone is cut out for public service. But, in the past, there has always been a handful of folks who threw their hat in the ring.

What's going on this time around?

Apathy is a silent killer. Williams needs more people to get involved in public life. That doesn't mean everybody needs to run for public office (although two or three people would be nice). Seek out your councilmen if you have a good idea about how to address a problem. Better yet, ask them to explain the thought behind a certain decision.

And don't forget, the Williams News reports extensively on most council matters. Please be informed and open-minded.

Those wishing to run for council or mayor can still do so as a write in candidate. Nomination papers must be turned in to the city by July 17.

Regardless of whether anyone decides to run for public office, it would be nice if more folks decided to get involved in making Williams an even better place to live.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014
Article comment by: To Sal

Sal you are right on with your comments - the newspaper could provide a real public forum - but has chosen to be entrenched with the the CVB and the advertisers in avoiding discussion of difficult issues - its even worse in the Grand Canyon News

Posted: Sunday, June 15, 2014
Article comment by: Sal Foster

Our newspaper unfortunately is owned and paid for by the advertisers and good ole boys. The people of the town know this. It's a pity too, because the paper could be so much better. The paper picks and chooses what goes in the comments and the owner is afraid to say the wrong thing or the advertisers will pull out. That's the way all papers operate. What else can they do?

Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Article comment by: Pat E. Smith

When I lived in Williams, I did my best to make a difference. A few years ago I moved out of state and no longer have a say, even though I still own property in Williams. It breaks my heart to see my beloved community crumbling. Please do better at updating your comments. I notice you only add new comments on Thursday these days. We count on you since you are our only Williams media source. Thank you for keeping us out of towners up to date.



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