Monday, October 31, 2005

Soccer Stadium in Sandy

A Deseret News editorial today took on the proposed RSL stadium in Sandy. Ever since the stadium was announced as going to Sandy, it hasn't found any friends in Utah's press. In an online chat with RSL fans, General Manager Steve Pastorino declared the project was moving forward quietly and "any negative perceptions are being fueled by the media and not representative of what's actually happening." His comment that "We're making a lot of progress, quietly, to move this proposal forward" underscores the primary problem with Sandy's political boss Mayor Tom Dolan. He just quietly does things. Makes deals, gets things done. Beyond the public eye. Mayor Dolan is a back room man in a position of public trust. He's refusing any debate in his re- election bid which underscores his contempt for open government. Still many come to his defense by declaring him a man that gets things done. But what things? And for whom does he do them?

3 Comments:

Blogger Reach Upward said...

Our founders intended that our government be open, even the results are messy and slow. "Getting things done" was intended to take a back seat to openness and public involvement.

10/31/2005 07:52:00 AM  
Blogger Shawn said...

Unfortunatly, democracy and efficiency are mutually independent. "Getting things done" is usually an indication that someone in a position of power has already decided for the people. The Dolan/Curtis way of doing things is definitely leans more towards efficiency than democracy. Problem is, what good is a speeding locomotive if it's charging down the wrong track?

10/31/2005 09:36:00 AM  
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