Letters to the Editor
In a rigid society there is no freedom to change the rules; in a dictatorship only the dictator has that freedom and in a democracy the people (the majority) have that freedom. In the City of Lake Geneva, the nine elected members of the City Council have been entrusted with that freedom and authority to change the city’s rules, laws and determine permitted behavior within the city. Their authority is only restricted by county, state, federal, constitution and natural laws. The City Council’s true success is not in what they build or spend, but whether the residents (which is the city) are better or worse off because of what the City Council members do and that can only be known with certainty from the perspective of time. For often what appears good (like candy) given time causes things to rot and decay. The same issue of freedom applies within groups, organizations and even within families. The best authorities give direction and share as much of their authority and responsibility with other as the others can properly handle and remove it when it is misused; whereas, the worst authorities continue to hold or gather all authority under themselves for themselves.
As to what the new City Council will be like — time will tell.
Terry O’Neill, former alderperson and current activist