From the Hill
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Well, people, Thursday night, June 20, at City Hall was a fiasco and circus combined. I am sorry to say our new mayor made it this way. His insisting on a private vote at a public meeting was uncalled for. And voting to a tie each time kept the Unified Government from voting in a new commissioner. Neither one of these was who he wanted.
After calling out candidates Don Budd and Nathan Barnes for back taxes, trying to disqualify them both, he heard their reasons, and if he had bothered to ask them earlier, he would have known that. But he did not bother to pick up the phone and ask.
I am not a political person and am speaking on my own behalf. My opinion is just that, mine. I watched it on channel 2 as I was not well, and was stunned when this went down.
And after just coming off of the Town Hall meeting in his church that hundreds of people attended, and 300 left and went to Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s house and protested. He denied knowing about that, too.
He has got to realize he is a leader, not a dictator, and he has to reach across the aisle to get response from his commissioners. The secret is to listen to your fellow commissioners and to the people. And work with them. It seems he wants one person to fill the seat, and would rather leave it open until the election than fill it with someone he does not want. But he fails to realize, the commission does want the seat filled and voted accordingly.
The people in the audience were angry. And disappointed. And a little confused. Since when does a mayor vote except to break a tie? And when did they come up with the 6-vote rule? Mayor Holland made the rules for the procedure. This was a poor way to handle the whole situation. It would have been settled the first time around a month ago if he had allowed it. But when his choice was not in the top two, he decided to, over the objection of some of the commission, postpone it until June 20, and have a new vote. He was told he really couldn’t do that and he replied, “Yes I can. I am the mayor and I can do anything!” Sounds a little like a mayor called Funkhouser, doesn’t it?
I guess what I am trying to say is, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. With Mayor Reardon and Mayor Marinovich it was not broken. If he had taken lessons from them he would not be in this mess, and it would have gone smooth as silk. I have attended commission meetings for years. And have never seen anything like this. And it was so uncalled for. In my opinion.
Mud flaps on bikes? On cars?
The light switch of a car on the floor board?
Roll up windows? And side windows that rolled out?
Running boards? Hood ornaments? And oh yes, white wall tires?
Carole Diehl is the president of the Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Association.