It was with great interest that I read the column written by Paul Mero in Saturday’s Standard-Examiner, “Ebert Right Choice for Weber County Commission.” Let me start off by saying, I don’t know Mr. Ebert and have no axe to grind with him. My concern is the tone of Mr. Mero’s guest commentary.
My guess is, of course Paul Mero supports Ebert as his Sandy, UT, organization, ptmstrategiesLLC received a $7,500 contract back in December of 2016. Ebert, as a commissioner, was very supportive of this contract.
This contract is to help solve intergenerational poverty. That is a wonderful goal, but what have we gotten from this contract? What are some of the ideas that have come from this? Are they being implemented? Who has benefited from this so far?
Gage Froerer, on the other hand, has brought many positive results to Weber County. For example, his support of Youth Impact has helped many young people in central Ogden get training and mentorship, the things that can truly have an impact on a child’s future success and bring them out of poverty. Youth Impact teaches people how to fish, not give them a fish.
Gage Froerer was also instrumental in getting support for The American Red Cross’s Cause for Alarms. This program works to install smoke alarms and teach families how to plan for evacuation in case of fire so people can get out safely.
Cottages of Hope also received support from Gage’s efforts. Cottages of Hope works with families to help them budget and build financial stability for a more promising future.
United Way was able to pay off the building they are in thanks to support from Gage. This has helped keep rents low for may of the non-profits located there that give direct help to underserved populations. These lower rents help the organizations have more funds for direct services. United Way also has programs that help underserved populations.
These hardly sound like programs that Gage got “good old boys” and “cronies” to help with. Actually, Mr. Mero’s letter seems more like “cronyism” as he will probably benefit even more if Mr. Ebert is re-elected.