I read Mr. Mankin's guest opinion of last week with an open mind. He seems to speak with authority on every issue and ends his commentary by referring to the upcoming election for two CSD seats.
I agree with him about the election, as this will be a significant opportunity for the community to make a choice. I do, however, find it ironic that Mankin is so overtly opposed to those who challenge the CSD, without ever being specific.
He downplays the litigation against the CSD without addressing the individual allegations; he and the co-signor of the Save DB letter, Mike Welch, have written and spoken about the CSD's progress being hindered without ever even hinting at what exactly has not been allowed to happen.
Mankin talks about how you should not use letters to the editor to attack, yet he praises an individual who suggested that those who do not like the CSD should leave town. Mankin says Richardson and others do not represent the feelings of the community. OK, that may or may not be true, but what gives him the authority to make that judgment?
From what I hear and read, those who vocally challenge the CSD always focus on specific issues or situations such as a more open local government. What's wrong with seeking a more open local government? In my opinion, open government is good and many of the specific reasons people voice disappointment with the CSD may indeed be valid.
It seems to me that as much as Richardson and others seek change, Mankin and Welch have the sole objective of maintaining our local government just as it is. I truly hope that local citizens take the time and effort to focus on what the CSD candidates stand for before they vote. It is time for all of us to wake up and understand the issues and not be swayed by the empty rhetoric.