I have been debating on what to write in this letter for a month. The last letter to the editor I wrote was back in 2006 when the school district wanted to change the school boundaries. Some things just get me going. I guess about every eight years, it seems.
Everything has basically been said about the many candidates who are running for Supervisor, District 4. District 4, including my home of Shingle Springs, is up against many different developers who want to change the look of our town. Many have discussed that our roads can’t handle more traffic than we already have at certain times of the day, and that our county roads are in need of repair for current traffic. Others have voiced concerns that our chosen rural life, that we love, will be taken from us. Some believe that our current Board of Supervisors don’t represent the people who elected them. I strongly believe all four opinions with the fourth debate at the top of my list.
All the supervisors promised to listen to their constituents, have an open door policy and do what their districts want. Most politicians, even in our El Dorado County, disappoint me. When I attended a Board of Supervisors’ meeting last month I was so discouraged. It seems everyone is afraid to say or do what they think is right when the county attorney/advisor sits in the front of the podium and advises them as to what can be said or done. I know why the attorney sits there, but I don’t want to get on that path. It is unfortunate that the whole process has become sickening to many. I could feel the frustration of the audience thinking the same thing. Hours go by and breaks are taken and nothing is accomplished except paychecks are still received. This is why things take so long to get accomplished or never get done at all. There is also just a lack of common sense.
I believe it is time for new blood in the supervisor chairs. Let us start with District 4 by electing Lori Parlin. Ms. Parlin has worked tirelessly for almost two years to inform the citizens of our district/county what is going on with developments being planned for our area as well as bringing to light behind closed-door dealings. She is dedicated and transparent. She goes by the rules and has already proved to us that she works hard and will listen to the people of El Dorado County. She became involved in our lives to keep our rural hopes alive.