Letter: Are supervisors really serving the people?

My dad served on the local school board for over 30 years. He was asked to run originally, because no one else wanted the job. But he came to love it. There were some edgy moments, but all in all, pretty tranquil compared to today.

Having been a teacher myself for over thirty years, I’ve been to a few board meetings and why anyone would want the job is beyond me. Not a lot of benefits and a bunch of people that are generally unhappy with you. Board members have my respect for their time and effort, even if I don’t agree with them. You’re not going to please everybody. But the idea is that you’re doing the best for the community as a whole.

I don’t know all the specifics about our current redistricting problem with the Butte County Board of Supervisors, but I pay attention and I can see there’s obvious disagreement.  Even at the county level I have respect for people that will go through this kind of process and I admit I don’t know all the ins and outs.

But I know this. They’re suppose to be representing the people in their district and the people of the county as a whole. Everybody. Can all five of you stand up and say I’m doing what’s best for the 250,000 or so people of Butte County?

Because if you are, it’s hard to tell.

— Tom Anderson, Chico 

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