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

administration. 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 ask 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's determined to fix it — blow it up where necessary — from the government by resolution to appointing people into positions they're 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.

We need a leader with genuine leadership skills: collaborative and decisive. When we have an issue at home or at work, we sit together and talk it through We ask for help from good minds and we decide on a course of action. And then we get to work. All of that requires a willingness to listen and consider other points of view. The president and vice-president must lead the way on how to do this within a governmental system.

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. The budget is one of the most important things the government does, because it drives almost everything else. We need a leader who understands we need to increase tribal revenues 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 does.

It's time to elect a leader who's 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

Navajos' long-term prosperity when students are struggling with math and science in schools.

Tell us how we can count on you to provide for the modern delivery of quality health care and an education system that teaches our children time-tested essentials along with the skills they need to enhance our sovereignty.

Looking back to the 1980s, no leader comes to mind that excelled in these areas and it was clear Shirley's administration was not willing to risk losing the next election in order to do what's right — to get the house in order.

 

WALLACE HANLEY

Window Rock, Ariz.