Amid the many voices at last Tuesdayâ€™s special (and fascinating) Town Council meeting, there was a proposal to initiate a kind of philosophical, ongoing debate around here.
Councilman Rick Wood raised the question, and as esoteric as it was, it nevertheless struck us as being somehow important in the long run.
Wood, an attorney who is no stranger to the dais, acknowledged the many people who showed up to emphasize their support of tourism.
Yet when it came his turn to speak directly to the issue, Wood veered.
Small government is good in a small town.
Big government in a small town is bad.
Last Monday’s telephone outage should have been a disaster, but it wasn’t.
Not up here, not in Mammoth.
We learned this past week that Assistant Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Marysheva-Matinez is a finalist for the City Manager job in Yakima, Wash.
It often takes dire situations for things to change.
At other times, dire situations fuel more of the kind of negativity that was partially responsible for the failures in the first place.
But within chaos lies opportunity.
Mammoth Lakes is slowly emerging out of a nightmare of a winter. We just want to put this winter behind us and focus on the future.
But in order for Mammoth Lakes to a.) emerge out of this lull and b.) to thrive and succeed in subsequent years, things need to change.
Attitude is on top of the list.
No one wants to talk about it.
But the number of child sexual abuse cases reported in the Eastern Sierra has gone up this year, from one to three in Mono County and from six to nine in Inyo County.
That might not seem like much, but these are two very small counties and itâ€™s an unusually sharp increase.
No one knows why officially, but thereâ€™s good speculation.
â€śLetâ€™s face it, this has really been in the news lately,â€ť said Lisa Reel, executive director for Wild Iris. â€śAnd the ones reporting in our area are young, under 16.â€ť
There are times we can look in the mirror and feel great about what we see.
It is shaping up to be an odd political season in Mammoth. Even as eight candidates are scrambling for three seats on the Mono County Board of Supervisors, the Town of Mammoth Lakes is eerily quiet.
As a special interest group for business, the Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce provides a host of programs and services designed to advocate for business interests, stimulating local business growth and prosperity.