Be the change
Returning from a two-week vacation, the first thing I did was pick up the Herald to see how our town fared in the storms. I saw that there was another storm brewing on the bottom of Page 4.
A letter writer whined for six columns about the proposal to reduce city salaries and the alleged poor planning by the City Council and the mayor.
I have a suggestion for the letter writer: Please do something instead of just complain. Talk to Councilmember Tom Campbell. He is known as the fiscal guy on the Council, and perhaps he can explain to you about how there is not a lot of discretionary money once all the mandates are paid and how the city budget actually works. Or you could relieve some of the burden you mentioned on city staff by volunteering at the library. Or you could apply to work on a committee or commission, where a great deal of expertise is shared and presented to the council to provide citizen input.
Why don’t you lead a positive campaign to get a number of citizens to help out in some way? Maybe head the charge to clean up a flooded area in Benicia? Or establish a group of people who would be willing to do a study of some of the budgetary mandates by the county or state and see if any of those can be reduced? Or start an effort to work to see if a plan can be devised to increase revenue from Amports? Or listen to the entrepreneurs in the Industrial Park and find out what they need and how to get it and then help them make a presentation to the Council.
Quit whipping up storms and get some sunshine in the newspaper over your ever present name.