Sunday, December 03, 2023

Whitefish needs solutions, not rhetoric

by Zak Anderson
| October 25, 2023 12:00 AM

As we approach the upcoming vote for city councilors in Whitefish, I want to emphasize the critical importance of this decision for our town. This election is more than just another civic duty; it is a pivotal moment in shaping the future of our beloved community. I implore you to consider your choices wisely and cast your vote for candidates with experience and understanding of the complex issues we face.

It's essential that we rise above divisive tactics such as tribal politics, othering, and outright “karenism" (apologies to all the actual Karen’s out there, I mean no disrespect). We must remember that these tactics only serve to further an "us vs. them" mentality, which is detrimental to our community. Don’t be fooled by candidates that simply make the most noise. As Mark Twain wrote, “noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.”

Our focus should be on electing individuals who have demonstrated level-headedness and a genuine commitment to our town. We are fortunate to have experienced, dedicated, and community-minded individuals running for city council positions. These candidates have put in the effort to thoroughly research and understand the complexities of the issues at hand. It is their preparedness and commitment that make them the right choices to lead Whitefish through the challenges we face.

Let us not forget the true values of being a local, which encompass community, positivity, and sanity. We need solutions, not trendy rhetoric or misplaced blame. Finger-pointing and spreading misinformation only hinder our progress. The serious work that lies ahead can only be accomplished through collective effort, a focus on our common goals, and a commitment to making Whitefish an even better place to live.

As we approach the upcoming election, I implore you to take a good, hard look at the candidates vying for your vote this fall. Choose wisely, keeping in mind the values of experience, understanding, and a commitment to our shared community. By doing so, we’ll build a stronger and more united Whitefish for ourselves and future generations.

— Zak Anderson, Whitefish

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