Sack the bureaucrats
October 2, 2002
Aspen and Pitkin County are, with some exceptions, ruled by self-indulgent, personally ambitious, highly paid bureaucrats with the tacit permission of uninformed elected officials (see KNCB Moore’s letter to the editor on Sept. 25).
As Ken Moore says, “We need to make government simpler so that it can be easily run by amateurs.” He also states that “the hard part is that a majority lacks the courage to run it themselves,” and, “Ask not what the government can do for you, ask what you can do for your government.”
The wealth that has come to Aspen and Pitkin County has brought overwhelming complexity and gratuitous spending, and the hiring of highly educated civil servants with little common sense or, for that matter, any understanding of the “messy vitality” that made us a cohesive, fun community.
I am not embarrassed to say that I love Aspen with all its apparent faults, but, like Kenny Moore says, we must take our government back from the bureaucrats and restore it to strong, dedicated local citizens who are imbued with understanding and compassion.
As a footnote, the “sacking” of bureaucrats could easily balance the budgets without sacrificing essential services. In addition, a strong ombudsman to represent oppression and abuse of citizens to elected officials and the press would make said bureaucrats think twice before taking unfair and wasteful actions.
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