Archive for Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thank those who serve community

Our View editorial

January 29, 2009

It came down to the wire, but the Baldwin City community has enough candidates for city council and school board once again. Thank you for those who filed for the April 7 election.

Public service is one of the cornerstones of our country. These are thankless jobs, but they are so very vital to the survival of every community. We applaud those who have stood up and said, “Yes I will.”

First of all, we thank our incumbents, both those who refiled and those who didn’t. Council President Amy Cleavinger decided after two terms, she’d done her part. We couldn’t agree more. We have never seen a more dedicated council member. The endless hours she spent on the city’s budget alone are mind boggling. We will miss her greatly, but know she deserves a break. Fellow Council Member Doyle Jardon also chose not to run again. He served us well, too, and we know his business needs his attention. Again, we completely understand.

A special round of applause goes to the school board incumbents, Ruth Barkley, Bill Busby and Ande Parks. With the serious financial situation facing all school districts in Kansas in regards to cuts in state funding, there are going to have to be tough decisions made. The experience these three board members bring back to the table is priceless.

The candidates for mayor are just as important and we’re glad to see there’s a choice between incumbent Gary Walbridge, Council Member Ken Wagner and one-time Council Member George McCrary. Each would bring his own brand of leadership to the helm of a council that will also be faced with hard decisions during the tough times ahead.

We’re also pleased with the group of newcomers running for city council. They are Tom Farmer, Ric Gere, Russ Gill, Chris Nichols and Bonnie Plumberg. Two of the five will take a seat on the council.

These are trying times and they’re going to get worse. We need leaders who are ready to face the challenges that lie ahead. We thank the group that has filed for election and wish them all the best in the upcoming election season.

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