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8/19/2014 12:05:00 PM
Letter to the editor: Government by constitution must be considered

To the editor:

The task ahead for the next president and vice president is monumental, made steeper and more difficult by the lack of progress from either the Shelly-Jim or the Shirley-Shelly administrations. In my opinion, we have not heard sound and persuasive answers to many of the Nation's issues.

We must elect a leader who gets it - a candidate who believes Navajo people are the entitled ones, entitled to good government and strong leadership.

We need a smart person to take on the task of reforming the government infrastructure. I prefer a leader from outside the Council chamber, someone who will tackle with gusto the dysfunction within. A leader who is determined to fix it - blow it up when necessary - from the government by resolution to appointing people into positions they are not qualified for and the lack of accountability.

It has to be someone with energy and savvy to reduce the noxious political divisions and to do so by example.

Times have changed. More Navajo people, especially younger voters, want to take up the idea of a constitution; government by resolution has outgrown its usefulness. Navajo people would welcome an objective set of eyeballs on the Nation's finances. We need a leader who understands we need to increase tribal revenue and knows how to keep the house in order. And let's return to the simple and clear employment rules if you're not up to the job get someone in there who is.

It's time to elect a leader who is prepared to say "No, I won't pull out the Nation's checkbook to respond to any problem that comes up before we discuss the pros and cons if it can be solved without throwing money at it."

No candidate has said how they will create the highly educated workforce necessary for Navajo's long-term prosperity when students are struggling with math and science in schools.

Wallace Hanley

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