Everybody needs to know that you have a right to know and an obligation to care about what is right, just, equitable, ethical and fair. More than ever before, there needs to be more oversight and more transparency on how large sums of taxpayer monies are being spent for our collective well-being.
As JFK said three generations (60 years) ago, “For of those to whom much is given much is required.” And as the Bible [Luke 12:48] said 20 centuries (2000 years) ago, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.”
However in today's world, schools and community decision makers are being given large sums of monies for school safety plans, for health and safety plans, and for economic relief plans, with little to no oversight and transparency on compliance with the intent of the Sunshine Act.
In the past two years, due to the current pandemic, our decision makers have been essentially on the honor system, so please expect them to honor our essential workers, essential services, and our essential environment.
If you think about this, some of our most essential and important rights, are our rights for clean air, clean water and clean soil. These are the essential cornerstones to all life on earth. In fact, air pollution significantly harms the quality of our soil and water resources, causing significant harm to the health and well-being of all of us, and especially to the health and well-being of our children.
So, we need to pull our range of resources and expertise to help expect the best practices and results for what may be, a once in a lifetime funding opportunity.
I believe we should not just expect the best, we should take some action and responsibility to help ensure that things are done right, just, fair, equitably, transparently, and ethically.
There is no place in our political system or our ecosystem for ethnocentrism ( def. - "thinking one's own group's ways are superior to others" or "judging other groups as inferior to one's own)."
Dennis Smiddle - Executive Director and Founder of FANS 4 HELP