"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Sunday 30 June 2013

Current path is a mere extension.

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "He huffed and he puffed and blew thehouse down": 

Sometimes, I wish there was traffic calming on Memory Lane. 

Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at June 30, 2013 at 11:37 AM


Memory Lane and the Current Path is  what  this  Blog is  about.  To  focus public attention on decsions by Council.

There is never enough time  in debate for intelligent analysis of decisions being made relative to lessons learned from the  past. 

There's enough time for Mr. Albino ,a real estate promoter, to return again and again and again  and like water on a stone, promote the sale of private real estate because the Mayor  views the scheme as divine inspiration. 

There is enough time for Councillors to ask questions that allow a ten minute limit on  presentations to be stretched to two hours of discussion. 

There's unlimited  time for Councillor  Gaertner to   endlessly repeat  questions and dispute answers given by staff, out of proportion to all other debate on any given  issue. 

Enough  time for the Mayor to invite the Chief Administrator to join the debate, to  push it along in the direction the Mayor wishes it to go but does not see  it as his role to  take it.

There is never enough time  for debate i to go in a direction the presiding member does  not wish it to go.

That's where a blog, any blog, is a useful probitive tool. 

If a verbal argument has no validity, it's  a hundred  times  less  persuasive  in writing. 

At the beginning of this term, I considered the gap in experience between myself and new Councillors. I  recognised the  difficulty .

I considered my options. Should I dumb myself down and pretend not to know what I know. 

I quickly discarded that option. I'm not good at pretending.   I am  a natural born smart ass. It is a part of my character that has plagued  me all of my life.  

But the people who vote for me know that about me.  They  vote for me anyway. I decided a long time ago, I had found my niche in life. 

So once again, Blog is my option. What I don't get time to say under the rules of debate  I can 
complete   and amplify further on the Blog.

Those who want to read it ,can . 

Those who don't, well, they don't have to. 


Anonymous said...

Mayor Dawe has quickly forgotten from whence he came. When newly elected he brandished two items. A door stopper to mark the end of locked mayors' offices and an alarm clock to show his intention of maintaining short sessions well under control.
Look where we are today.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful weekend for a celebration !
The planners must be absolutely delighted.
I'm curious if any fire-works outfit thought to replace the traditional burning school house - if that is still P.C -with a replica of the Canadian Senate ?

Anonymous said...

You are not limited to the Blog. The tapes of Council meetings may take time to emerge. But emerge they do.
Enjoy the fine weather.

Anonymous said...

@ 3:53 PM
I have never see that burning school house. When we or our kids asked about it, we were handed an empty tissue box to burn. Works for the senate.