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Letter to the Editor: How are they qualified


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By Mel Coonrod
Helper

Editor:

The people of Carbon County need to WAKE UP!! The citizens are in the process of hiring a CEO to operate a multi-million dollar company.

That's right! The Carbon County Commission is like the CEO's of a major corporation. Yet if you were responsible to hire these individuals to operate your company, wouldn't you want to ask some rather simple questions, as a form of a job interview?

Here are some of the questions we all should be asking. Can the candidate read and at what level? Did the candidate graduate from high school or college? Have the candidate run a successful business in the last 10 years? How many times has the candidate gone out of business? Has the candidate taken out bankruptcy or had their homes or cars repossessed? Has the candidate currently or in the past been involved in illegal activities? Finally, what experience does the candidate have that qualifies them to run the county?

When you look at the current condition of our county, the unemployment rates, the low property values, and the overall lack of opportunity for our young people, doesn't it make you wonder what Carbon County is doing wrong?

Our rate of recovery is the worst in the state when you compare population, resources and overall job creation!

Let's put aside the "good old boy" attitude.

If you disagree, look at all the progress the county has made in the last eight years; all the new businesses, population growth and a plan to utilize a county building that is going to become a huge liability! Not to mention the Nine Mile road that is falling apart and will require paving just to cover up faulty construction the first time. In addition, the deliberate effort to drive oil and gas developers out of the county should certainly be viewed.

I am honestly surprised if Emery and Duchesne Counties do not actively support and try to keep incumbent Carbon County commissioners in office.

I can speak from personal experience on how difficult it is to run against the incumbents. I attempted to file for the commission office and was given a form to fill out. I was also given a quantity of misinformation. When I returned the form to the county I was informed it was the wrong one. At that point I was given another form with no time to fill out the requirements of it.

If you were a conspiracy advocate you might think this is the effort of the current incumbents to avoid competition or maybe just incompetence of the staff at the Clerk's office. Either way, it does not speak well for Carbon County.

I challenge all of the current candidates to answer the basic questions laid out in this letter to the editor.

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