Friday, 27 August 2010 00:00
At this week’s city council meeting, the local Republican Committee chairman showed a sophisticated understanding of legal wording during a hearing on land use. He also made an educated point during a term-limit hearing.
Whether you agree or disagree with him, the Republican leader has offered valid points and insight at most public hearings and also during his own campaign last year.
In fact, during that election season, to facilitate the kind of productive discourse he tries to create, the Record Pilot – in light of our own letters from candidates rule - offered him several rounds of question-and-answer segments in this paper, as well as lengthy interviews about the specifics of his platform.
One big issue the Republican chair brought up at that time and still brings up at almost every council meeting is the idea of a bi-partisan commission to analyze the different options for mayoral and council terms (and other issues like staggered terms and districts.)
Another item of concern to him was this paper’s letters from candidates rule.
As far as the commission to study the city, maybe people would take him seriously, and he could be more than an unacknowledged voice of protest, if he actually just went ahead and… started a commission. The time he has spent at council meetings talking about the need for the volunteer commission would have served as ample time to start an independent one - and to probably even seek grant funding to facilitate its research. If there is any merit to the options he raises for how the city can be run, it is time to actually bring it out.
And on the second issue, if the Republican leader shared some of his insight and vision with others campaigning within his party right now, local voters would benefit from decent and substantive dialogue. If he is feeding them cheap shots at our letters policy so they have something to talk about, that doesn’t serve voters. It enables them to rally around something other than topics of true importance.
Right now one could wonder, does he think enough of his ideas to lead on them, or is it all just something to talk about?
And, does he think enough of his colleagues to share constructive campaign ideas? Or is the faith this intelligent man has in his local counterparts illustrated by the fact that he simply encourages trivial chatter instead of real discourse —- and that he turned to Democrats for his council slate during his own campaign last year?
As always, Anton Community Newspapers is glad to publish news about candidates getting out in the communities and speaking to residents about how they will either continue to represent them, or for challengers, how they plan to. Whether that takes place at senior centers, chamber of commerce meetings or other public venues, we welcome photos and press releases of these events from the candidates.