Letters to the Editor

What difference does it make?

The election is over and if you hear someone say “What difference does it make?”, then you will know that they don’t have a clue as to what is going on in Lake Geneva’s city government. This election highlighted the divide within the city between those who what to run and to change the city and those who want to preserve it and to live here. Both sides agree that some repair is needed in the city, but that is where the similarity ends. Those who basically like the city as it is are often called negative because they oppose a change in order to preserve what they like about the city; whereas, those who do not like the city as it is, want to change it to their image. Those who want to change it, do not see that Lake Geneva is its people and their emotional attachment to the area and not about the growth and expansion of the city. Those who want to change the City of Lake Geneva see the city through their group of friends, through personal gain and that is reflected in their concern about the city’s appearance and image. Those who want to change the City of Lake Geneva do not see that the City of Lake Geneva is not like most cities of a similar size. Most small cities and towns have had to grow to be a thriving community, or they become stagnant and slowly die, but the City of Lake Geneva is unique in that it does not need to grow to be a thriving community.

It is a beautiful and peaceful place to live that is centrally located in 4 large cities. Many people (more than those who live here) would like to live here. Lake Geneva’s survival as a small town or as a city with a small town atmosphere is dependent on protecting Geneva Lake, maintaining a safe environment and growing slow enough so that those who come to Lake Geneva learn to become one of us and to appreciate what we have and work to protect and to maintain our beautiful and safe environment, rather than importing the hectic life and adapting Lake Geneva to a lifestyle that they left. Unfortunately, most of the recent mayors, alderpersons, and city officials have been transplanted outsiders or locals that have benefited and profited from expansion and growth. A city’s size has nothing to do with its quality of life. Bigger is not better and more is not better. Bright lights attract bugs; whereas, quality attracts quality. No quality restaurant, performer, or attraction goes out of business because people have to wait in line to get in. A line of people waiting to get into a place tells others that there is something good inside and that it is worth waiting in line. Get rid of the lines and fewer people will come to Lake Geneva. Value exists when demand exceeds the supply and value drops drastically when supply exceeds demand.

Terry O’Neill, Lake Geneva activist and former alderperson

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