I wanted to let Mark Saal know how much I enjoyed his column of Aug. 25, "Somebody in North Ogden needs to take a nap or a time out." I appreciate your ability to use humor to hopefully send a message to our local politicians. A message that I hope they are hearing loud and clear from more than just you.
I am not currently a resident of N. Ogden, but grew up there, and I own property in the city, hoping to build a home there and become a resident in the near future. I have many friends, family and associates who live in N. Ogden, and frankly, the antics of N. Ogden politicians over the last years has been embarrassing. North Ogden used to
be a wonderful community, filled with cooperation, and a sense of community. I believe it still is, however the current condition and culture of the politics of N. Ogden is eroding that great community. I am not just referring to the current dirty politics between Bigler and Taylor; this was a deteriorating trend from before their involvement in N.O politics.
Maybe the city council should know that residents of their fair city are recommending to their friends that moving there may not be the best idea; that is what the message from a few of my friends has been.
I have been reading the comments posted on the Standard-Examiner website on these recent articles, and candidates would be embarrassed by the hostile and vitriolic accusations being posted by both sides. Some are blaming the Standard "Exaggerator" for biased and inaccurate reporting. Well, those who are posting are providing more than enough ammunition to load their guns with. This is not the North Ogden I remember, nor the one I hope to move to.
The only thing I disagree with in Mark Saal's column is the "no vote" idea. I know it was satirical, but I am trusting the good people of N.O. to do the right thing. Get involved, whichever candidate you elect, hold them accountable and demand civility and transparency.