Varenhorst: But the trains ran on time

Many of you are history buffs and aware of the story about Benito Mussolini and the trains. If not, here is a summary.

Mussolini, like all dictators, needed to gain the support of the Italian population by offering them something. He did this by promising to repair the broken down train system and thus making his fascist regime the “benefactors of efficiency.” The word was spread throughout Italy that the train system was repaired and was now efficient. It was true in that it was better, but not that reliable, not to mention the improvement was not due to the regime.

Despite tyranny, murder and torture of citizens that dared to disagree, the trains ran on time.

If you have not read the volumes of rules and regulations of the Recreation Centers of Sun City board, please do. You may discover that Sun City residents are quite powerless. We have no say in important things, including use of money. If you are brave enough to question or oppose the RCSC board (elected by fewer than 5% of us) you will probably be treated with disrespect or interrupted and cut short. If you get up more then once, you can count on that treatment.

The board seems to all march in step and think with one brain. Since the board changes every year, one can only assume that brain is Jan Ek, who maintains there was not time to conduct open meetings with the community. However, she had time to consort with her political friends, hire a lobbyist for a $100,000 or so and use fear mongering to scam you.

The Planned Community Act empowers residents to require all business meetings be open and allow member access to financial records. Thus, the desperate need to stop transparency by spreading fear of massive change, such as losing the 55 and older status. The Planned Community Act was effected in 1994 to protect residents from dictators.

But for those that believe everything that “people are saying,” the trains run on time.

Donald Varenhorst

Sun City

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