One of the things my grandfather, a decorated combat veteran, taught me was, “Never play by someone else’s rules.” Well, instead of allowing people to drag us down into the mud, it seems appropriate to start talking about some of the goals Imagine Hutchinson has in mind.
In no order of importance, some shorter term goals include:
1) Term Limits – nothing too short, but nothing too long either. Terms limits that are too short actually increase spending. Term limits that are too long decrease competition and create stagnation.
2) Spending Limits – again, nothing to small, but when the City gets a windfall from the Hospital or decides to spend another million on an ‘incubator,’ we think the public should be involved.
3) Precinct Based Voting – city council members should represent a specific area of the city. Not having any constituency allows the same people to elect who they want, year after year. Sound familiar?
4) Code of Ethics – for city the size of Hutchinson, we certainly do have a lot of commissions and boards. Many people, or their direct family, serve on many boards. We’ve seen instances of what we believe are an abuse of position and power. Having a code of ethics would help prevent that.
Over the coming months, we’ll talk more about each one of these topics in more detail. And over time, we’ll talk about longer term goals too.
Now that we’ve exposed the dirt, let’s move on to something a little more positive and start talking about how to really make Hutchinson a better place to live and word.