Live Oak —
I want to put my two cents in about the way the Mayor treated the Charter Review Committee. The City Council voted unanimously to review our charter. We appointed peoples from the community to be on the committee. Those peoples volunteered their time to better our community and I think we ought to support their decision. The Mayor ain’t have no business talking down to the committee or telling them they were an embarrassment. The way he talked to them is what’s embarrassing.
I think the committee did a super job and should be commended. I hope the Mayor will apologize to the peoples who served on the Charter Review Committee and recognize that they did what they were appointed to do by the Council. If the Mayor don’t like that, then so be it. The Mayor thinks the whole world is out to get him. This just ain’t true. All he is trying to do is poison the water with the voters before the committee recommendations even make it to the ballot. It’s a shame!
Don’t be fooled Live Oak,
Bennie L. Thomas, Councilman, Dist. 2
I do not intend to get into a debate about whether or not the actions of the Mayor at the final Charter Review meeting were appropriate or not. My last letter cited the web address where anyone interested could listen to it and judge for themselves. The Mayor has told the City Council many times how difficult it is to find willing participants to serve on various boards and committees. I submit to you that when the Mayor addresses one of these groups and begins with “I’m gonna piss some of you off tonight on this committee,” then it is easy to understand why.
The Mayor claims that he only speaks the truth and shoots straight with the people of Live Oak and I would never suggest otherwise. What I will suggest is that he sees the truth through a pair of eyes which have been entrenched in the same government for almost 40 years. I submit to you that this qualifies him more as a government insider than a watchdog for the people. There is a conflict at City Hall which constantly creates problems. It consists of an elected City Council that gives the city staff direction with which the elected Mayor disagrees. Currently in the City Charter the Mayor has the ability to suspend any city official, except the City Council. So, one can easily see where this could cause a conflict as the mayor can suspend them if they do not do what he says.
The truth is that there are people like the Mayor at all levels of government who have never been questioned on anything. All of a sudden someone gets elected who does not take everything said at face value and actually researches and checks behind people. Someone who will follow-up and seek meaningful solutions to problems. All of a sudden the power once held by some begins to fade because someone new points out that it is imaginary power created through self-aggrandizement and was never really power at all.
I am working feverishly to rid the City of Live Oak of good ole’ boy politics. This is the year 2012, not 1912. It is time the people came first and not the City. It seems some get elected and forget that without the people, the City would be nothing but a name. I will not forget who I am here to serve! And much like the people of Live Oak will update our City’s Charter, so must they update our City’s leadership to prevent bad politics. Your quality of life depends on it!
Adam Prins (386) 590-5224