Letter to the editor: The outsider doesn't want to divide our community?

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The outsider doesn't want to divide our community?

When an outsider, in this case the hotelier, Mr. Batra, doesn't want to divide Taoseños, and the mayor lauds him, there is something grievously wrong with our elected officials.

Until Mr. Batra stood up to voice his heartfelt agony over the divisive nature of the process leading to the approval of his hotel our council, with two notable exceptions, were hell bent on giving final approval to his plans for a four-story hotel.

Not for them the agony of a divided community.

Not for them any guilt or misgivings on a completely opaque, back-door process that led to this absurdly undemocratic construct.

It was only Mr. Batra's heart that stopped the process.

I would seriously hope that the mayor and council begin a process of re-evaluating their position as representatives of the people…and what that means. It should be obvious to all by now, that the mayor believes the business of government…is business. At any cost.

Not for him and Mr. Bellis the words of our constitution proclaiming a government "of the people, by the people and for the people".

Not a whit. The busker on the corner is not worthy of the title of citizen. The businessman who owns that corner is.

Until we realize that every member of our community has equal worth as a citizen, we will continue to fail as a society.

It is not the purview of government to elevate business to a more exalted state of citizenship. It is the purview of government to create an equal and just society.

And if the tax base does not cover the costs of basic services to the community…I have a novel idea.

Present the facts to the community and let the people decide.

- Paul Christie, Taos

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I wish the mayor and the city council well as they entertain ways to fund the infrastructure that is necessary and so lacking in Taos compared to other similar tourist destinations. As far as "And if the tax base does not cover the costs of basic services to the community…I have a novel idea. Present the facts to the community and let the people decide" is concerned I was under the impression that is what elections and terms of office are for. If the electorate doesn't like the Mayor's decisions, vote him out. Until then, let him and the city council do their jobs...they were elected to be the voice of the people, whether you like it or not and figuring out ways to support the needed infrastructure, attract businesses to replace all of the defunct storefronts in the historic district and beyond, etc., is part of that. PS: I watched the "Livestream" of the latest council meeting, which by all appearances appeared to be fairly transparent. I appreciate your egalitarian sensibilities and "yes" time and energy are at times wasted on frivolous exercises, but encouraging responsible business development isn't one of them. I for one do not want a referendum for any/all new business development; my voice gets counted during normal election cycles.

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