"You should write a book . It should be required reading for every candidate "
I've thought about it. .
In the wonderful world of technology I understand it's relatively simple to publish a book.
But much of the stuff of this Blog would be redundant to the average candidate.
This Council is an aberration. In great part, the Blog is peculiar to it.
People are right in their instincts. Personal hostility is out of place in a council. Everyone is degraded by it. Inevitably it spills into the administration and out into the community.
Trust is the first thing out the window. Grounded reality is next. Without trust or reality. megalomania flourishes, mayhem ensues, the ship pitches and rolls and it takes all one's energy to stay upright.
On average, council members need the skill to be forceful without being offensive.
The endurance and stability to put forward every resource you have in an argument, win or lose it, then move on with equanimity.
Cordiality and respect are essential, while battling for one's ideas to prevail.
You need to believe the job is worthwhile, traditions have stood the test of time and whatever it takes will be the price.
Sandra Day O'Connor , retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice was interviewed on Thursday night by Wolf Blitzer, CNN political correspondent.
The former Chief Justice is seventy-nine years old. There was an edge in her response to the question of retirement.
Mr.O'Connor has Alzheimer's. He needs to be in care. Two of their three children live in Arizona. It was the best place to be and too far to commute to Washington.
The edge disappeared when she spoke of creating a computer game, to make it easy for teachers to teach and children to learn about their country's constitution and justice system; obviously, the subject of her passion.
Surely no-one is better qualified for the task than Sandra Day O'Connor.
I thought as I watched, of Pierre Berton, an octogenarian, in his last T.V. interview when he knew he was dying, raging against the Ministry of Education decision to drop history as a required subject for Ontario students. Taking advantage of his last opportunity to make a difference.
Not a minute to be wasted.