I want to add to Sheila Dobie’s excellent letter to the editor in which she stated concerns about democracy, voter apathy, and the consequent obligation for people hold accountable, be involved and watch closely.
My great concern for “the people have spoken” headline is more simplistic:1,059 citizens of Grand Forks DID NOT vote for Mayor Konrad while only 503 did. (Over TWICE as many voters did not want this mayor to represent them as did want.) Very simply: a betrayal of democracy!
So please reflect on this, Mayor Konrad. You start your term with twice as many of your constituents very dissatisfied and who should be watching you closely and holding you accountable.
As for your platform, “I will listen to the people,” it should certainly be well tested over the next four years.
As for the citizens of Grand Forks—be extremely vigilant, involved and require accountability.
Please make sure to check out “Fair Vote Canada” (HYPERLINK “http://www.fairvote.ca/”www.fairvote.ca). Improvement in “our” electoral (democracy) status quo is drastically needed.
Phil Lefkowitz, Grand Forks