..and when the sun rises again tomorrow, we'll see how far we've come ...

..and when the sun rises again tomorrow, we'll see how far we've come ...

... just to remind myself why I'm doing this ...

Depending on our personalities, the world can be a crowded place or a very lonely one. For those who seek comfort in numbers, there is no shortage of hangers on, but for those who avoid that circus, keeping thier own counsel can leave them feeling quite alone and disengaged from the mad place we call home. Life is a trade off and most of us choose how we live it.

For me, I'd rather work things out as best I can, using my own thoughts and feelings to sort things out. Following the crowd has never been a temptation to me, but that has its price, one that I'm totally comfortable with every day I get to stand up and be the person I aspire to be. When I sometimes lose track of who that is, I come here to remember, to reconnect and to resume my quest.

These posts are a reflection of some of what matters to me and it's a privilege to have the opportunity to collect these thoughts as they form in my head, as they prepare the way for my life, as it evolves from one day to the next. They re-inspire me when things seem to be floating about, with no particular aim or purpose, and it does happen from time to time.

So, today I had these thoughts that I think are worth writing down for the future me to look back on when I need to ...

Monday, April 21, 2014

extravegance is not a virtue

Ok, so while I condone taxation as a means to a beneficial and useful end, I don't support wasteful extravegance in its name. That's what has happend in the dog park saga, at least as far as I'm seeing it. Council has voted to spend a hefty amount of tax revenue on something they needn't have, at least not to the extent they chose. There were enough alternate choices at hand that would have achieved as much for far less. The ultimate affront is that these are sunk costs which can only be 'retained' in some way as long as we spend yet more each year on yet more sunk costs. In the end, whenever that comes, those funds will bear no permanent fruit, as equity, much like a car or building lease. Leases make sense under clearly definable circumstances but this is not one of those qualified circumstances. We are using tax revenue to upgrade someone's private asset, one that they will retain and benefit from at some point, at the expense of the taxpayer. This is the type of deal everyone privately wishes for but seldom achieves. It seems that the pressure to solve the dog park issue before the next election campaign was great enough to cause such a lapse in good judgement in those corridors of local power.

I consider this to be a good example of bad decisions and mis-management. If this is the quality of diligence and decision-making we get from a part-time Council backed by a comfortable buraucracy, I'm going to reverse my stance on retaining consultants in every money and infrastructure question that comes before such a Council for dispatch. Either that, or a thorough shakeup is in order here.




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