Letter: No government for the people

Many years ago, there was a famous person who addressed the people of this country. The last sentence of his address reads: "and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

The elected officials or those appointed to government positions here in the Kingman area seem to have forgotten that they were put there to represent all the people in the area and not just those that have lived here for ages and have money. Those that have been here for a long time and are well known and have money can get what they want without any concern for the majority of the people.

That is very apparent with the decisions I have seen over the past nine years, the latest being the biodiesel plant decision. It shows that one person gets what he wants and the 650-plus that live close do not. Government of the people, by the people, for the people? I think not.

Going back, you can look at a number of businesses that have wanted to come to the Kingman area - most have backed away. They are not close to the "Good Ole Boys" and don't have the strings, so they have to jump through too many hoops to get here. If we want something or with a decent price, we must drive to Golden Valley, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu or Henderson. Gas can be purchased at 12- to 15-cents per gallon less in any one of those places. Tomato juice in the quart container can be purchased at 80-cents less than here.

"Shop Local?" Why when things are not reasonable here compared to shopping elsewhere? You can drive to Henderson to Costco, shop with a better variety to choose from and save much more than the cost of gas.

There are a lot of new businesses that have gone in the Lake Havasu and Bullhead City area, but little here. Based on a conversation that I had with an employee of Lowe's in Bullhead the other day, they were going to come to Kingman but had too many hoops to jump through.

I believe the majority in the area have lost the pride they had for the community for the way this community is and is going with the leadership that is not listening to the people.

They certainly don't or didn't listen to the residents of Valle Vista. Twenty new jobs, you could get that and more with one new decent restaurant to choose from such as: Applebee's, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Outback, and the list goes on.

Joseph Turner

Valle Vista