The words of Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) sure ring as true today in the City Council of North Adams, for the most part, as they did more than 2,000 years ago:
"Arrogance of public officials should be controlled."
The only people who need to know what’s going on among all of us councilors are all of us councilors.
There may be a point or maybe not. Arrogant public officials and decisions being made before the public participation portion of the process seems to play out, live and in living color, every other Tuesday night at our local City Council meeting.
Many of these officials have shown blatant disrespect to the citizens, and in some cases, even to their own colleagues. Ironically, some of the most arrogant among them are the ones demanding "civility" from the public, when behaving with contempt themselves. It’s very dismaying, disrespectful and more so, they’ve gotten away with it. Apologies to those who are always respectful and hard working.
Definitely time to hold the misbehaving "clowns of the circus" accountable for their conduct and deeds.
A lesson to be learned from the TV show "Leave it to Beaver," with Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford, always crying daddy, daddy, daddy. As his long-lost relative has reappeared in our City Council, everything goes to daddy, daddy -- the mayor. Sure he’s going crazy with the gang of seven these days. Sorry, mayor.
A mere request for information that was readily available to all of the public, triggered a repugnant reply of a disrespectful accusation, after asking for something under the word, "surreptitious," from the Latin word meaning misrepresentation of the truth. How improper to turn the table around and blame the constituent for merely asking for a paper or documents, so as to be able to look over before one decides to even make a judgment call, if at all.
Now, the eighth genie joins the bottle in the political arena, but then again, it’s only my opinion about the truth, justice and the American way here in North Adams. It’s just about the silencing of the people who speak one’s mind.