Archive for May 27th, 2008

by Jay Stevens

Got this announcement in my email box from Missoula County Elections Office’s Vickie Zeier:

There are only four days left avoid the rush and cast an absentee ballot. Otherwise, you’ll need to visit your polling place on Primary Election Day, June 3rd. To accommodate as many voters as possible Vickie Zeier, Missoula County Elections Administrator has extended the elections’ office hours from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. through the end of this week. Next Monday, June 2nd, you can cast an absentee ballot from 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Zeier expects record turnout for this year’s primary, which means polling places will be busy.

Contact the Missoula County Elections office, 258-4751 to learn more about voting absentee.

Absentee ballot

by jhwygirl

Gifford Pinchot was the first chief of the United State Forest Service. While the below rules were brought forward during his time of teaching at the Yale School of Forestry (from 1920 to 1920), there is a world of truth to them even today.

They illustrate, to me, one of the basic causes of mistrust with government, and today’s chaos and partisanship. It isn’t disagreement with policies or philosophies – it is the failure to tell the truth that leads to an inherent mistrust which is much harder to get back than it is to keep.

In other words, once the damage to trust has been done, it’s a really steep hill to climb back up and re-establish.

Elected officials, too, would do well to take notice. Sometimes, theirs is the hard decision to make, but way too many people have Drive FastTakeChances’ opinion of how government works – in this case, local government. DriveFast’s opinion isn’t rare – I suggest that locally it is all too common – and, frankly, there is a whole hell of a lot of truth to it.

Like all good rule makers, Pinchot violated at least one his maxims – number 7 – and he paid the price. Perhaps that is why it appears on this list – a lesson learned.

Pinchot’s 11 Maxims for Foresters:

1. A public official is there to serve the public and not run them.

2. Public support of acts affecting public rights, is absolutely required.

3. It is more trouble to consult the public than to ignore them, but that is what you are hired for.

4. Find out in advance what the public will stand for. If it is right and they won’t stand for it, postpone action and educate them.

5. Use the press first, last, and all the time if you want to reach the public.

6. Get rid of attitude of personal arrogance or pride of attainment or superior knowledge.

7. Don’t try any sly or foxy politics. A forester is not a politician.

8. Learn tact simply by being absolutely honest and sincere, and by learning to recognize the point of view of the other man and meet him with arguments he will understand.

9. Don’t be afraid to give credit to someone else even when it belongs to you. This is the mark of a weak man, but is the hardest lesson to learn. Encourage others to do things. You may accomplish many things through others that you can’t get done on your single initiative.

10. Don’t be a knocker. Use persuasion rather than force, when possible. [There are] plenty of knockers to be had. Your job is to promote unity.

11. Don’t make enemies unnecessarily and for trivial reasons. If you are any good you will make plenty of them on matters of straight honesty and public policy and will need all the support you can get.

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