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Editorial: County’s presence should remain at inter-governmental meetings in future

January 5, 2012
The Alpena News

Remember the barbed wire fence along Bagley?

How about that 12-ft. limestone wall around the city made of blocks from the quarry?

There was a time, not all that long ago, when governments in the region were operated like kingdoms. Government officials sometimes saw themselves as royalty, while others viewed them more like tyrants.

There was little cooperation, lots of distrust and loads of frustration.

Thanks to a group of dedicated business folks, community leaders and eventually, government officials, that has changed dramatically. Down came the walls between governmental entities and a new era of partnership and cooperation began. All of us have benefited from this new spirit of regionalism rather than provincialism.

We don't believe any of that will change in the near future.

However, we would be remiss not to note that Alpena County commissioners this week agreed that they no longer would play host for inter-governmental meetings, nor would they pay per diems or mileage to commissioners who attend the quarterly meetings.

All of which is fine, and we have no problem with.

Our only concern is that it is important Alpena County still has representation, and a presence, at those meetings. It can't be that this action results in no one from the county attending the meetings in the future.

We've come too far to regress back to those days of old.



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