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Critical of political favoritism

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When a town turns into a city as Madera is in the process of doing, the community has to demand a stricter and more accountable method in doing the public’s business with lucidity.

The one item that has torn communities apart during their growth stage is not understanding that equality with equal opportunities for all is needed. This will lead to a catatonic state in social equality if we stand by idly and in silence.

The selling or buying of jobs through favors is the most destructive action to a population that discourages the finest to apply and inhibits one to trust a system that belongs to the people. This causes our local and outer pools of talent to diminish when they see, hear and feel the flipping of words and promises as if a coin is being tossed without structure or reason with no regard to its community values.

As elected officials who are in charge of the changes in our district, and who are making our future changes for our children, simplicity and clarity with defined structure are the only rules that will keep positive growth within our systems of government.

When political favoritism is played by a few in a manner that benefits friends with an inside track that gives them an advantage over those who may be the most qualified, they are not helping in building a solid foundation in our community. They are restricting growth and costing us not only in monetary value, but it robs us of precious time and depletes our human resources that are so vital for modernization, innovation and imagination in building a great community.

We must take hold of the trust that we have bestowed to a selective few and reign in what has been taken for granted by even fewer. The pursuit of equality to all community members considered opinions and collaboration within the community during these growing times is a priority that cannot be taken lightly.

Those elected officials who have violated their sphere of influence in order to peddle their friendships into jobs with secrecy must be held accountable for their actions. If the people of a community do not stand as equals we will have lost the chance of becoming a great city.

Lynn Cogdill,
Madera Unified School District trustee


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