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Maxed Out

Thanks to all who serve... and let's get to work

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"I believe Ken can become the leader we need. I know he's smart and I hope he'll have a lot of help from a strong council. Ken can learn leadership. So I'll go with Ken." Maxed Out, November 2005

"I have had some unkind things to say about Mayor Ken over the last three years. I am not unmindful of them nor do I retract any of them. He's made decisions I've been at odds with, needlessly provoked segments of the community and, at times, let the pressures of the job bring him to the edge of intolerance with the public.

"Having said that, his motives and vision cannot be faulted.  The decisions he's made have been in the best interests of moving the community forward...." Maxed Out, November 2008

But all good things must end. Sadly, I cannot endorse Ken in 2011.

It isn't because of pay parking. It isn't the stench hanging over the town because of the asphalt plant. Not the way municipal finances have been managed or even the abysmal level of communication between the RMOW and the folks who call Whistler home, second home or vacation playground.

Those issues are important. But they'll eventually be resolved. They'll be replaced by issues we can't see coming and some we know are lurking around the corner. The next set of issues will be just as contentious and potentially just as divisive. The only way we'll successfully tackle them is as a community. The only way we're going to re-establish that community is to begin to heal the riffs that have been widened to the point of breaking over the past few years.

That is the more pressing issue in this election.

Those divisions aren't Ken's fault alone, maybe not his fault at all. Fault's not really the issue here though. At least it's not my issue. Healing is my issue and I don't believe it is an issue Ken can successfully tackle with the baggage he's carrying from the past few years. Sometimes a well is so poisoned you simply have to dig another well.

Nancy may not be able to heal those divisions either. They may be indicative of the dissolution of our common vision. But I think she probably can and more importantly, I believe it's time to give someone else a crack at trying. Hazel McCallion notwithstanding, local politics - particularly in a small town - shouldn't be a career. Get in; do your best; get out.