CollinSmith 6 years, 6 months ago on Do you think local officials are doing enough to preserve and grow Moffat County’s economic future?

I agree, but this view is too simplistic. A strong representative government has an educated, motivated citizenry as well as visionary leadership. The reason our representatives are chosen as leaders is because they have a vision for the community that the majority sees as a positive direction. Our representatives are not figureheads, at least they shouldn't behave as such. They are elected to lead us, which is why they are given the authority to decide our future. If anyone has any real, material power in this system, it's them.

Whenever I see or hear an elected official say they will only do what the public tells them to do, I have to ask myself why they even ran for office in the first place. Was it boredom? Were they cajoled into it by friends and family? Why would you want to take a leadership position only to shuffle papers around and do what other people tell you? To what are you aspiring? You're not even helping. You are only turning yourself into living red tape; a cog in the machine; a blockage against progress who knowingly or unknowingly serves the status quo.

Everything should be seen in degrees. It always serves a leader to listen to the people he serves, but it does good to no one to have a leader without initiative.


CollinSmith 6 years, 8 months ago on Crews reach 85-percent containment on Cedar Fire

I think it's disgraceful that the Mess didn't interview Frodo and Sam for the above story. If the Guess staff would ever leave their office (or the passenger seat to take photos) they might learn something about the people here, like how they're carrying a very important ring to Mount Doom to defeat Sauron, Lord of Evil and Ruler of County Road 7. When is the Depressed going to start reporting the real news?


CollinSmith 7 years, 1 month ago on Michelle Balleck: All-American entertainment

So, the banquet is all desserts? There better not be any gosh darn fruit on that table. Cake! COOOOKKKKIIIIIEEEEEESSSS!!