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DEAR TALON

 

October 20, 2017



DEAR EDITOR:

At the last Aztec City Commission meeting, Oct. 10, one of the agenda items was the much anticipated topic of Sunday alcohol sales. The ability for Aztec bars and restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages on Sunday has been a long discussed issue within our city and to finally have it placed on the agenda felt like a positive step toward a more forward thinking direction for our city. Once placed on the agenda, the City Commission was scheduled to vote on whether to place it on the March 2018 general election ballot, at which time the voting public of Aztec would decide if it was to pass or not.

At the start of the meeting, City Attorney Larry Thrower asked to pull the agenda. His reason was that he had been asked by somebody to check the state regulation to be certain the City Commission has the ability to place it on the ballot as opposed to having a citizen petition requirement to have it placed on the ballot, as had been the regulation in the past.

As a citizen of Aztec I was extremely disappointed that the item was pulled for the reason(s) presented. This topic of Sunday alcohol sales is not a new topic. It’s not new to the restaurant and bar owners of Aztec, it’s not new to the citizens of Aztec, and it certainly is not new to the members of Aztec City Commission. To suggest that there wasn’t adequate time to complete the necessary due diligence prior to the meeting seems disingenuous at best and then for any members of the commission to appear upset with a citizen that voices their concerns also seems disingenuous and misplaced. Right or not, many citizens of our city feel that the government doesn’t work for them and too easily allows itself to excuse lack of preparedness as the norm and again, right or not, fairly or unfairly this perception drives the current apathy amongst the voting public and, in my opinion, is one major reason why citizen participation in their local government is at an all-time low.

Our city government takes on and performs important business on behalf of the citizens of Aztec and it is our job as the voting public to be involved in how our city is run, and to play a leading and active role in the direction that our city is going to take in the weeks, months, and years to come. We must hold our elected officials accountable for the actions or inactions that they take, and we must be a visible presence at City Hall when these issues are being decided. Sometimes, in a representative democracy, things don’t go the way we would like them to go, but that should not preclude anyone from using the appropriate platforms to have their voices heard and their opinions expressed. Because, after all, history has shown that only when the citizens get active and involved, does change happen.

Very respectfully,

Victor Snover, Aztec

 

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