I was born and raised in Oak Creek. Being one of 12 children, we were poor, and we are of Mexican decent. I grew up with the prejudices of a small town. Kids teased you because you were different.
As a child, I used to hang my head in shame. As I grew older, I became very aware that I am a person. I am a good person. I am an asset to this community.
However, because of all of the things that have gone on at Town Hall, I find myself trying to defend who I am once again. I have done nothing but what I felt was right. I went to work and gave my job 150 percent everyday because that is the way I do things.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today's printed version of the problems makes the employees sound like liars, and, worst of all, untrustworthy employees. I am humiliated and saddened by the assumptions that are being made as to what is the real truth.
I, for one, tried my best, to keep all of this within the confines of Town Hall. After all, it is a personnel issue. The so-called untruths, "lies" cannot be construed as lies because they were my interpretation of the situations as I saw them. If my integrity is in question, the Board of Trustees has the power to hire and to fire. It is that simple.
I sat by silently as things started to unravel. This is my fault. I should have spoken up earlier; maybe things would not have gone as far as they have.
Since the petitions have been passed around, friends and families have been divided. People have chosen sides. How sad for the town.
I believe, in one of the letters written by former Mayor Cargo Rodeman, it was stated that Oak Creek is made up of hippies, sheep herders, and ranchers. That is true, however one category that was not mentioned, just everyday people that do not fit into any certain classification, such as myself.
Oak Creek is no different than any other town. It is made up of all types. After all, this is what makes a community. We do not have to like each other, but we do have to respect each other.
We did not ask Cargo to step down. Her reasons to do so were her own. I will not take responsibility for something that she did, because I did not have anything to do with it.
I have worked for the town for 5 years. I have tried to do my job and stay out of the political arena. If I have stepped on the toes of any customer or citizen, I apologize; I never meant any disrespect to anyone.
I hope that Oak Creek and the citizens can get past the differences and let the wounds heal that have divided us. I, for one, would just like to move forward and make this a community that we can all be proud of.
Deputy Town Clerk