Friday, June 8, 2012

A Visionary Moment...

"A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take 
upon himself the woe of the people.  There are few men so foolish,
hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world."
John Updike

Dave is our Town Manager...he sought the position knowing full well
that we were facing a financial crisis here in town. 
Not only are we faced with the same financial downturn that the rest
of the nation has been facing, we are also having to come to grips with 
a lawsuit against the town of Mammoth Lakes that has been fought to the 
final conclusion, with Mammoth losing the final appeal. 

The Town Council is taking hardline steps to curtail the budget...
town government has been trimmed to the quick and being asked to trim more...
we are a small town that quadruples in size during ski season and summer...
where do we cut?

Dave is our Town Manager and he has the difficult position of striking a 
balance between managing the people who work so hard for the town,  
the best interests of the citizens of our town, 
and the decisions of the council who are trying to keep the town solvent...
Dave is a good man...and has taken the challenge to heart.

I don't know about you...
but I sure wouldn't want his job...


  1. Good luck to Dave, and to you all. Hard choices.

  2. «Louis» had read that Mammoth was on the list of California cities facing bankruptcy. A tip of the hat to Dave for being there at this difficult time for the town.

  3. Thanks Jean and's a tough time for all who work at the town...

  4. Nice silhouette shot...and the background is so beautiful...

    have a nice weekend.


  5. Thanks Richard! Glad you stopped by to visit!!!

  6. Great shot, those colours are stunning and a human silhouette is an inspired choice.

  7. Well, at least you made a beautiful photo of him, the colors are absolutely stunning, really like how you can see through his glasses! And I agree, wouldn't want to have his job either.... Good luck to you all and have a great weekend!

  8. Thanks Deb!!! The sunset was incredible...

    Thanks Nellies! I didin't notice the glasses...thanks for sharing that!

  9. I'm with you... wouldn't want his job either. Wonderful photo / perfect exposure!

  10. Calling by as another SkyWatch Friday participant,what a great composition to go with your words.

  11. Thank you LindyLouMac!!! Glad you stopped by...

  12. If he's honest and doing the best that he can for your town, then give him a pat on the back for me.

    PS Fine portrait.