UP to the majority of members of the Cheyenne City Council for voting this week to stay with the current list of city projects on next year’s sixth-penny sales tax ballot.

We certainly understand the concerns voiced by several current council members – and two soon to join the governing body – about the need for street maintenance funds. But we agree with Councilman Mark Rinne that the specific-purpose tax was set aside by the Wyoming Legislature for “projects that cannot be done any other way.”

Yes, infrastructure needs are important. And the next sixth-penny ballot contains many projects to address key issues, like courthouse and jail expansion, extending Christensen Road, relocating the city’s Municipal Court and a laundry list of vital infrastructure projects for the smaller towns in Laramie County.

But Capital City leaders can’t stop improving the quality of life here if they hope to attract industries that will bring higher-paying jobs, and keep young families that pay property taxes and help support the economy in a whole host of ways.

Cheyenne’s potholes will be filled, and its streets will be repaired. But the money to do so will have to come from somewhere else – as it should be.

DOWN to a convoluted plan by Rep. Dan Laursen, R-Powell, to keep Wyoming on daylight saving time year-round.

Don’t get us wrong. We fully support efforts to stop the outdated notion that we need to change our clocks twice a year.

But Rep. Laursen’s plan isn’t the way to go about it. House Bill 49 would move Wyoming to the Central time zone and petition the Secretary of Trans-portation to allow the state to stay year-round on standard time – essentially leaving us on daylight saving time.

A better effort would be to build a coalition of states opposed to the time changes, then petition Congress to eliminate this relic of a bygone agricultural economy that no longer needs it.

UP to outgoing Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Amy Surdam, whose last official day on the job will be Jan. 15.

Though she was only in the job a year and a half, Surdam helped shape the downtown improvement organization into a much more vital group. Instead of sitting on the sidelines and wringing its hands about why people don’t come downtown, the DDA has started new initiatives under Surdam’s leadership that have produced real results – from adopt-a-block cleanup efforts to a bike sharing program to façade improvement and microloan programs.

In announcing her imminent departure, Surdam cited “philosophical differences” between her and Mayor-elect Marian Orr – her opponent in this year’s mayoral race. We’re sorry to see the outcome of that campaign negatively impact the real, tangible efforts that have been made to improve Cheyenne’s downtown. And we encourage Orr and the City Council to do all they can to support the DDA and Surdam’s successor.

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