Open government works for community

Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2009

These are difficult times, and this is a serious and divisive issue to discuss in the best of times. We can work together as a community, we can share our talents and resources to assist our elected officials with difficult decisions working together in tough times and finding creative solutions to difficult challenges.

These words from Leonor Aroz-Fraser's letter (June 4) spoke to replacing an elected borough mayor with a manager form of borough government, but they just as easily could have referred to the Soldotna cemetery controversy, which I discussed with Mayor Peter Micciche during a recent visit, and where my time was well-spent sharing ideas, clarifying issues, understanding differences and building bridges to a healthier community.

I'd like to thank the mayor for opening his door and taking the time to discuss issues, and I appreciate him for always answering e-mails and phone calls in a timely manner. Living in a small town truly makes "being government" (Leonor A.) an everyday occurrence, and I look forward to working and planning for a future we can be proud of.

Linda O'Brien


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