A MAC is being presented to us in Alamo as the answer to all problems when it is another layer of government. We voted and won two-thirds against incorporation and do not want a MAC. This will NOT BE VOTED ON and will be settled in a few weeks at a meeting. Seven people will be picked by Supervisor Mary N. Piepho. We do not have a say in who is asked to perform this job.
Please call Supervisor Piepho's office, 820-8683, and tell her we do not want a MAC.
Mrs. S.C. Thompson
Change coming despite Alamo No vote
It started in early 2005 when our supervisor drafted an Alamo MAC or Municipal Advisory Committee. Soon, however, incorporation efforts began and MAC plans went dormant. Incorporation efforts failed though; Alamo residents voted for no changes, no new "layer of government." Did opponents realize change was coming - with or without incorporation?
The county is not wild about providing services for the Alamo outback. They are ill equipped to do it and it is cumbersome to them.
By instituting a MAC, the county can excuse itself from countless Alamo committee meetings and interacting with disgruntled residents. Let the MAC do it. Let the MAC be the liaison and make it easy on the county. The people get a straw court, the county has less work, and in the end, the supervisor does whatever he or she pleases. A MAC has no power except advisory and no funding except through the supervisor. The supervisor can accept or veto recommendations at will.
MAC rules dictate that the supervisor assumes sole responsibility for appointing a seven-member Alamo Board. Residents don't vote. Boards can terminate with the supervisor's tenure - so much for continuity.
An Alamo MAC is imminent. Our supervisor wants it and other supervisors generally support each other on jurisdictional issues. Alamo residents rejected controlling our fate by rejecting incorporation, now a MAC is the only venue left. We made our bed and must lie in it. Let's embrace it and make it as comfy as we can.
Change is coming.
Hats Off America looking for help
Hats Off America is in need of walkers for the 4th of July Parade in Danville to pass out our fliers so we can find people inclined to give so we can bring the Arroyave family closer to financial health after their ultimate sacrifice. Hats Off America seeks parity in compensation for the survivors of soldiers who are dying for our freedom every day with the amounts awarded to the families of the 9/11 victims.
If you can help us or direct us to someone that would like to show their support for Gold Star Families, we would be forever in debt. Call 855-1950 or visit www.hatsoffamerica.us.