Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Remember the Golden Rule
Unfortunately, instead of taking a leadership role as a returning councilperson to shepherd the new councilpersons through their first real council meeting; instead of taking her responsibility and obligations as a representative of the citizens of Monroe seriously and taking the time to find out was really going on, as she had a right and an obligation to know, she chose to go to a news reporter. She just couldn't make herself push open that door and tell the others their actions could be misconstrued as inappropriate. She just couldn't pass up a perfect opportunity to stick it to the guys who defeated her friends in the election and say she was just protecting our citizenry from the "nefarious" deeds those guys could be cooking up. (And she should know, since she was a willing participant in the last two years.)
I wonder if the reporter from the paper ever asked her why she just didn't open the door. And speaking of the Monroe Evening News, I applaud their courage in really running with this story and giving up all that advertising space. I mean a shut door 10 minutes before a meeting is not quite up there with tearing down Open Meeting notices, having phone polls for a public vote and conducting business at the Country Club on the county taxpayer's dime but hey, it is something.
Also instead of just making sure that the new guys are embarassed publicly by doing a boneheaded thing right out of the box (in defense of boneheaded things though, with the price of heating oil, etc. I always shut the door behind me when going into any room - it is a natural reflex) Ms. Compora also went to the State Police to force an investigation.
Gee, what were Councilperson Compora's words at the last meeting... oh yeah, " it's appalling, just appalling that the taxpayer's dollars are wasted this way."
I couldn't agree more.
RECALL THIS DAFT WOMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think its against the law to file a false police report.
At the minimum it is slanderous to accuse others without any evidence. That is probably a civil matter. Is the Monroe Evening News going to report this incident?
I must say I enjoy watching Linda, Watchdog of the Stupid and Oppressed, in the minority role.
Let her defend the Ex Mayors B-Doggle, Front and Third. Last year I would have to worry about the city / state / federal government wasting funds on this "quality of life" issue, but this year I feel reasonably safe.
Now we just have to figure out what local skunks have against Compora's Toyota.
When she went into her wining crying fit in a council meeting thanking the many named officers responded to her home to assist her mother, I was tempted to thank the police for not responding when I took photos of her juxtaposed No Cappuccilli and No IKO signs. Indeed she slandered me in the presence of Smith the Younger claiming that I had called the Police on helicopters. She further stated that she had called the police on us because she did not her house on the internet.
It is my opinion that her thinking is not clouded with factual information and logic and her mouth slips into gear in ways that reveal she is not useless—she fulfills the need to have someone serve as a bad example of a councilperson.
David Alkire Smith
Where is their faith in the inefficiency of government? Chances are no one would ever ask for it back. Why spend money on that intersection when other roads are falling apart? Might as well put in a roundabout.
Now, if I could just get my pet skunk to like Toyotas! I hope the city doesn't take Pepe away!
I would think getting your pet skunk run over would be enough of a lesson.
Actually I heard that the skunk wasn't actually run over in the city, but the Mayor ordered the DPS to go to Monroe Township to find a road kill skunk to plant in the city to cover up for his Heinous crime. I'm thinking the FBI should get involved to investigate this.
I just hope that the viewing audience doesn't start thinking Council Moron Compora has a brain because she comes to the meetings and says what the Ex-Mayor tells her to.
Like most idiots incapable of thinking logically, she is dangerous.
Oh yes - Why wasn't that article front page news? I guess I'm surprised it made the paper at all.
Congratulations for revealing yourselves as you are. Mr. Smith's prophecy story rang true. And here's another one for you... Instant Karma's gonna get you.
Something wicked this way comes.
I think our Mayor did an excellent job of communicating to the constituents that Debbie Mann's tenure with the city would be short if he got elected. He again publicly stated this after the election.
Why are you surprised? I don’t know how this is a recallable item. He / they did exactly as they said they would.
Furthermore, why not ignore the public outcry from the Old Village Platt / Elect John I committee? You guys lost – get over it.
It amuses me greatly that the Old Village Platt / Elect John I crowd is now faced with living with what I watched for the last two years. How many 5-2 votes did we have last year? The only change is that the good old boy and girls club is now the good old boy club. I must say I enjoy Compora trying to play the Wetzel role, but instead of arguing on facts she shrieks and accuses others of bigotry, racism, sexism, and spraying her car with a skunk like odor. Is lack of public decorum, and a refusal to work civilly with the Mayor grounds for a recall? Maybe someone could ask the City Attorney at the next meeting?
Unlike what Ex-Councilwomen Guyor said, who by the way didn’t get accused of getting up just to seek revenge, the hiring of Debbie was a sham. Remember when John tried to bring her in to be interim City Manager? Remember how she said she quit her previous job to take this “interim” position? Remember how she didn’t disclose during the process that she had been in fact fired by her previous employer, and was in litigation with them?
As for the points system, when one has a pre-drawn conclusion, one can design the points system to come to that conclusion. You just make sure the questions and weightings are towards the skills of one candidate. It’s not difficult to do. Remember Wetzel and Burkett didn’t think she was qualified, but then they weren’t in the previous gang of five, were they, so that doesn’t count?
As far as Debbie’s track record, I think it speaks for itself. I personally couldn’t trust a city manager who had exhibited a blatant disregard for the open meetings act by pulling public meeting notices, failing to follow-up on Council directives (Parking Contract), etc etc etc. How could this group trust her?
Unlike those in the meeting on Monday I will not attack anyone’s personal character. I believe everyone is acting in what they think is their own and the best interests of the city. I think Debbie is an honorable person, and I hope she lands on her feet quickly. I will say that she entered the Monroe politics zone under very political circumstances, John I brought her in as a hand picked City Manager. By coming in under those circumstances, and by some of her actions / inactions while he was Mayor, she should understand she tied herself to his success or failure. I hope in the future she has the wisdom to seek employment based on her skills and qualifications instead of on the “good old boy” network.
So to summarize, there is nothing new here. We still have a gang of five – it’s just a different gang. Maybe you support them – maybe you don’t. When administrations change – so do employees at City Hall. So far the body count is lower under Mayor C than Mayor I. You can say that Hamilton retired, but in fact he just changed jobs. He knew his tenure under John I was going to be short, so he “retired” rather than having the black mark of dismissal on his resume. I never did hear how much Debbie’s firing of finance director Michael O’Connell cost the city. That didn’t seem to bother the Old Village Plat / Elect John I crowd much, so why should this?
Roundybout, you said you are enjoying watching Compora in the Wetzel role. Please don't ever compare them again, even tongue in cheek! Ms Compora could NEVER play the role Mrs. Wetzel did. She doesn't have the equipment, i.e. intelligence and common sense, to play that role! I know you didn't mean to compare that way, you were just referring to her playing a minority role on the council and her feeble attempt to be the voice of reason. It just pained me to see both names in a comparison. Ms Compora could only dream of having the class that Mrs. Wetzel exhibited during the past two years. I think I only saw her lose her cool once, and that was barely discernable, since she didn't resort to name calling and pedantic language.
I feel bad for Ms Mann's unfortunately short tenure with the city. It will be a cost to the citizens and to her personally, but she called it upon herself. Do not be fooled by the handful of people from the IKO and the Old Platt areas of town that appreared the other night to defend her. There are many other citizens that don't care for her, and you can include me in that group. I never trusted her from the first time I met her. She had dishonest eyes. Her mouth would say one thing, but I knew she meant another. She always gave me the feeling that she was being nice to my face, but would then talk about me behind my back, and I don't enjoy that feeling. That being said, I still take no pleasure in the misfortune of another, and losing one's job is definitely a misfortune. However, it is what the city needed. I think if you took a poll of city workers, you would not find a majority unhappy with this outcome. I think many of them actually experienced what I only felt in the few meetings I had with her. Mayor "I" said City Hall had been "energized" by her. From what I observed "terrorized" would be a better word. But that's just my opinion, and I'm... notfromaroundhere.
With the popularity of the Council program it should be worth some advertising dollars. These could help rebuild the city coffers like Al did the last time.