Sure, there is a lack of high-quality jobs. Eastern Oregon is losing young people to the big cities. Community vitality could be, well, more vital in these days when the recession is disappearing not quick enough in the rear-view mirror.
I joined a community group last fall to explore the physical structure needs of our school district. We were asked to prepare a proposal to the school board for a potential bond. One of the reasons I was interested was to ensure prudent use of my tax dollars.