During a recent cities/towns conference in April, I attended a Dignity Index workshop that addressed the fundamental differences and levels between contempt and dignity. These are significant communication elements in those speaking or social media moments when difficult issues or conflicting positions come to the surface. You don’t need to go too far to see, read, and hear the widespread polarization taking place within our political system. Rather than trying to better understand someone else’s position on sensitive issues, too often there are defensive declarations calling for an “us versus them” solution. Offering dignity doesn’t mean that one must give in or give up on important issues. It simply means that we must show some level of worth for others who may have a difference of opinion. Whether it be in a national debate, a social media post, around a kitchen table, or a city council meeting, there is certainly an opportunity for all of us to maintain respect and civility. If for no other reason, we need to teach dignity and respect to others by example, particularly for our children. Children are not born to hate; they are taught to do that.
The Roy Complex renovation project is in full swing. Improvements are being made to the pool and locker rooms with the hope of reopening by late summer. Roy City is working with the Weber School District on a possible Teen Center at this location as well. Homeless students are living among us. We must do what we can to help provide a safe space for our most vulnerable youth.
With a record winter season behind us, we still need to conserve water. One very wet snow year does not mean we no longer need to worry about a drought. Drought conditions and water conservation will always be an issue in Utah. Please consider utilizing many of the water conservation programs that are available.
Remember, if you plan to file as a candidate for a municipal elected position, you must do so from June 1st to June 7th. Reach out to the Roy City Recorder if interested.
Be safe and keep your family safe!
Mayor Robert Dandoy