Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Boyer Company: Not PoliSci Majors

We have a representative government. We all know that. We all like it. Until it works against us. Then it's broken. The Boyer Company, a big fish/little pond developer and the genius behind the world's largest strip mall now has to wait for a referendum before they can plant another few warehouse stores in Sandy. When asked what he felt about the referendum, the dissapointed Boyer guy said: "There's a reason we have a representative government." (DesNews) Good for you. But let's break down that word R-E-P-R-E-S-E-N-T-A-T-I-V-E. Well, it's root is R-E-P-R-E-S-E-N-T. Ask yourself, Boyer Company, who is implied in that word? Guess what? It's not you. Unless, of course, you live in Sandy and you are 50% + 1 of the population.

3 Comments:

Blogger Shawn said...

I'm watching the Sandy referendum with cautious optimism. I think the referendum will get on the ballot, but I hope that the folks behind it will prove themselves to be solution-oriented. They want a park on the gravel pit, and I think it's a great location for one, but something I've never heard from the community groups is how they would fund it and city leaders have rightly pointed that out. In fact, I think a bond measure right along side the referendum would definitely show that citizen participation can transcend the myopic NIMBYism that often permeates this type of backlash.

8/04/2005 12:57:00 PM  
Blogger Ethan said...

Interesting point.

8/04/2005 01:21:00 PM  
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