East Carbon City is clearly Carbon County's drama queen. This is embarrassing! Embarrassing!
Week after week we read about East Carbon's leadership's contention with one entity or another. It's East Carbon against Sunnyside City; East Carbon against the ECDC dump; East Carbon against the West Ridge Mine; and more recently East Carbon against the Sunnyside power plant. Is there a theme here? A couple months ago the E. Carbon council even wanted to fire the mayor. There is one drama after another in East Carbon.
So why all the drama? There are two elected officials that behave like teenage drama queens. Mayor Orlando La Fontain is the lead drama queen and more recently Councilman Dave Maggio seems to be competing to be the lead drama queen. It appears that the drama queens are willing to say anything to get quoted in the paper whether their statements are true or not.
If I were an East Carbonite I would be getting real tired of being the center of embarrassing attention and the focus of county wide jokes because of two unprofessional and embarrassing city leaders. I suggest that the city and citizens would be better off if the drama queens would work toward solving problems instead of creating problems.
I also fail to understand why the Sun Advocate would spend so much of its time and space on a dying shanty town with a population of 1301 citizens. Per the census, East Carbon has lost 33 percent of its population over the past twenty years and seven percent over the past 10 years. Twenty percent of the houses are vacant and 18 percent of the population is 65 years old or older. A drive through East Carbon is really depressing. A bull dozer and a clean up the junk campaign could do a lot of good in that town but it seems that the drama queens don't care about that issue. If I were going to buy a home or relocate a business, East Carbon would be the last place I would consider. Do the drama queens realize, or care that their antics are actually devaluing the property in East Carbon?
Since the population is rapidly shrinking and therefore need less water, the only logical reason that the two drama queens would focus on a supposed water issue is that they just want to create drama and attract unwarranted personal attention. It's clear that the city does not really need more water. Maybe they should be talking about selling some of their water to help reduce the city's substantial debt. When was the last time East Carbon actually used even close to their allotted water rights? What is the justification for spending our state taxes through the Community Impact Board on a water project that is not needed?
Editors note: The Sun Advocate is a county-wide publication and not just one area or city's newspaper. Our charge is to cover as much news as possible in the county, regardless of the size of the town or area affected. City council decisions in every town also have an effect on everyone else in the county. News that happens in the smallest towns of Carbon County is just as or more important than what happens in larger cities, particularly to the residents of that town.