Community must rethink Lincoln

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People fail to understand the city made commitments based upon actual and projected growth and these carried forward after the economic collapse. Revenue streams from sales and property taxes declined and development funds were committed to provide the service required to accommodate the growth that was occurring. The recall is more distraction and furthers the fantasy of a painless solution. No one likes the position we are in. Blamestorming prevents people from dealing with the true solutions. We, as a community, must rethink the way we do Lincoln. Less government direct involvement and more oversight of citizenry direct involvement is perhaps one way. The Friends of the Library and COPS programs are examples. Until just over a decade ago, our fire protection was largely volunteer. Yes, we had a quarter the populace as well. But the idea is still sound. We have an uncommonly huge resource in the talents and experiences of our citizens, due to the concentration of life experience in Lincoln Hills. While this may not solve the revenue problem, it certainly may provide alternate solutions- at substantially lower costs- for how things get done here. By looking to all things other than physically arduous public safety roles, perhaps labor costs can be further reduced. Use of technology for communications with this larger body of participants may also free up some physical space the city now uses. I know this does not sit well with the bargaining groups that have already conceded much. However, it may be the new reality. Those contracts will likely be abrogated by the courts if other solutions are found to the structural deficits the city is running. What you and your fellow elected officials must decide is what Lincoln looks like in the next five years. Are we a bitter, bickering shell? A reminder of the great recession? Or are we a community who is more engaged, more involved, and more collaborative and creative in solutions. Hmmmm, sounds like a requirement for All-American City. Mike Hobson, Lincoln