Should be clear to anyone who follows things i have written over the years, this is one of my favorite topics (Sun City's future). While i love our history, where we are headed is far more important. I have been an outspoken critic as a resident and as a board member on many of the actions of the last 10 years by the RCSC. Some think it's just a need to complain; nothing could be further from the truth. My umbrage has always been centered on the changes made whereby the community at large becomes less important in the decision making process and putting it more on the backs of the management team and the 9 member board. Last evening was one of the two yearly board meetings held at night so those working could attend. Beyond staff, board and management, there were 18 residents in the audience. That alone should speak volumes on the need to enhance a more aggressive approach to recruiting/attracting residents to the process of self-governance. Of course the other side of the argument is the often heard explanation; "everyone is happy." In the end it matters little because ultimately our future looms whether there's a 1000 people in the room or there's 10. Last night it was announced the ad-hoc long range planning committee on the Grand Ave project would be disbanded shortly. President Hoffer said he was delighted with the process as hundreds of people, many from clubs looking for space got involved. All of which sparked me to say a few words about the importance of reinstating the Long Range Planning committee on a permanent basis. I was told by years end i would be delighted as that decision was apparently just around the corner. Of course it didn't hurt to remind them 3 of the 4 board members elected had stated openly at the candidate forums they were not only in favor of it but would be voting for it within the first year. Of course it all begs the question; why wait? Last nights discussions lead me to start looking at the numbers. Rather than drag this out, i will break it up and move into the startling financials we are looking at and why it is critical putting the Long Range Planning Committee in place as soon as possible.