City Government

Bring in the Sunshine

I appreciate the articles and comments regarding Sunshine Week. As a reminder Sunshine Week was the Florida’s press response to State of Florida legislation that would broaden the situations that public access could be blocked by the state. Watergate and the Teapot Dome Scandal are just two of hundreds of public official’s … more »

Money from 2A and 2B

Mayor’s Article March 4, 2011—- I am going to focus on just one topic, that topic being how capital improvements and operating expenses are linked and the impact that linkage has on government expenses. Simply stated, capital improvements are new things. Operating expenses mostly go to the personnel that monitor, maintain … more »

Council’s Use of Roberts Rules of Order

By Mayor Rose The acceptance of how we are, individually and as members of a group, has been one of the things I have clearly learned as the Mayor of Salida. As I have stated over and over again, the City Council, in our personal beliefs, is an amazingly accurate representation of the views of […]

Mayor’s New Year’s Article

Happy New Year to everyone of Salida’s citizens and friends.  2010 was surely a wild ride with many months of reduced revenue and a sudden turn around to where we will actually added to the City’s unrestricted reserves.  However, a larger question looms.  How will  federal, state and county deficits effect our small municipality?  The […]

Mayor’s Thanksgiving Thoughts

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.   It is the perfect moment to give thanks for the incredible possibilities the world offers us.  For myself, it is a time to focus on appreciating the good things life in this country affords me and to re -commit to improving the life of those less […]

Election Season

My wife and I have done a fair bit of travel in Colorado over the past month.  Turning on the television in the hotel reminded me of the benefits our family derives from not having a television in the house.  It also reinforced the absurdity of our election process. Juxtaposed with the viewing of election […]

Election Information

As a follow up post to Mayor Rose’s column last week I would like to encourage citizens to attend the upcoming forums sponsored by the League of Women Voters in Salida and Buena Vista over the next three weeks. All forums are from 7-9 PM. Also, the statewide ballot issues affecting local finances are also of utmost interest … more […]

Be an informed voter

Fall remains my favorite time of year.  The beauty that is Chaffee County grabs the eye and the heart as the light makes its seasonal change.   Fall is also the season for elections.  Locally the most important issue on the ballot is 3A.  3A asks voters in the Salida R 32 J School District to approve a bond […]

Mutual Respect Needed

Column by Mayor Rose- It is not amusing that it takes children or young adults to point out our folly. In a Mountain Mail article titled “BLM hears comments on OTR” a Salida High School student, Mariah Mendicino, said she was “Saddened by lack of respect she has witnessed between supporters … more »

Never Take Counsel of your Fears

General Stonewall Jackson said, “Never take counsel of your fears” (From, “On Strategy, A Critical Analysis of the Vietnam War” by Colonel Harry G. Summers). We live in “the home of the brave and the land of the free” Yet, it seems to me, the instillation of fear is the aim … more »

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