Loveland and the Lorax: Shanda Gentry’s Address to City Council
Dr. Seuss has lessons for Loveland City Council, August 22nd, 2017
by Shanda Gentry
I am sure we all read Dr. Seuss as children, or had it read to us. In his book, The Lorax, the Lorax said,
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Over 2,000 residents of our city stepped up to be that someone and to show how much we care. We care about our city, about the other residents and, importantly, about the children in this city. The recall petition signatures obtained from Loveland residents were not obtained by deceit nor by stupidity, as our former mayor has suggested multiple times, nor was it a liberal conspiracy, as he also stated. The signers of the petition are a cross section of this city, all neighborhoods, all political affiliations, all ages, with one goal, that of honest,
transparent, resident-involved government. This action of circulating a petition is called democracy. And it’s a right that belongs to all citizens to stand up for what we care about.
It is time to turn over a new leaf and to move forward. Council now has an opportunity to prove that they also care about the residents by listening and by stopping the vitriol coming from a few of the very people elected to serve our entire city. Council works for all of us.
The Lorax also said,
“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”
The citizens are watching, and we have told city council with our signatures and with our attendance at council meetings that we want our City Council to become something different than it has been for the last two years. That means that it is time to have open discussions with residents, not one-on-one meetings in the dark of night. It also means that when we ask questions at council, we are asking for answers, not for the question to go into a black hole. And residents expect the city’s committees to have fair representation of all council members and residents, especially on the Community Improvement Corporation which must be increased back to 11 people and include the new Interim Superintendent of Lovel
and Schools. And that means that when residents are speaking, council members must pay attention. Residents take the time to prepare for these meetings, and we deserve to be heard.
Dr. Seuss knew how to help us move forward. He said,
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any
direction you choose.”
What do you choose, City Council?
Meet the candidates that we have endorsed for for Loveland City Council this year.
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