Problems with planning |

Problems with planning

How do we define planning? Let’s look at some of the results of our local government’s growth management plan.

We called City Hall and the courthouse and asked for information on the increases in their employees and payrolls since the plan began in 1976. But these numbers were not available. Staff appeared unable or too nervous to help us find the answers.

We know that there was a 128 percent increase in Pitkin County employees between 1970 and 1976. Government planners haven’t reported this data since then. This number plus the total number of public employees in all the county has never been assessed because this information has no practical use.

The inability or the fear of providing the public with information is one result of government planning. A second result is that the voters and news editors do not catch on that rational planning and its management is based upon verifiable and continually updated information.

A third result is that our officials think that the public is too dumb to understand what planning means. It means whatever our officials want it to mean.

A final result is that those who support government planning are left on the defensive, trapped in fear and ignorance with no alternative in sight.

Be Brave Comrades.

KNCB Moore


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