Sunday, January 21, 2007

Business as not so usual.

I understand, and share, the anger of Greensboro Council Members Goldie Wells and Yvonne Johnson regarding the issues surrounding the refusal of the Council to address the Truth and Reconciliation report, as reported in the News & Record. My anger is not as much about the Council ignoring the T&R report as it is at the way it was handled.

According to the News and Record, last summer Goldie Wells asked that the Council respond to the Truth and Reconciliation report. Mayor Keith Holliday then privately polled four Council members who said they wanted the issue to be dropped. Seeing that he had five votes, a majority, Keith decided to do just that. He let the issue drop.

I don't care if the issue was the Truth and Reconciliation report, a Zoning matter, a budget issue, or the consent agenda, this was wrong. This gives credence to the good 'ol boy, behind-closed-doors decision-making shenanagins that erode elected officials credibility. If Keith had his five votes, he should have brought it forward and let the public know. What other issues are conducted this way? To not have contacted all Council members is just plain wrong.

I have been a long-time supporter of Keith but he's lost some of my respect. I am disappointed in this kind manipulation, which I thought was beneath Keith.

I think this way of running the City is a crock. And you can quote me on that.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree 100%!

January 21, 2007 2:46 PM  
Blogger SouthernRants said...

Not anonymously, I don't agree and jw, this is where you and I digress, but heck, that's what paths are for. I don't think talking about the T&R report in an official city council session is worth the while. It's not necessary because what folks think is predetermined.

You're a Guilford-person; get the college to host community discussions and invite lawmakers of every ilk. Get more bang for your buck than simply the city council, who doesn't want to be there.

Also, what is it that a city council discussion will do? change anything? Make anything happen? They're just not that important in this conversation.

Have the conversation and stop stamping your cute little foot that someone else won't have it for you.

January 21, 2007 6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"My anger is not as much about the Council ignoring the T&R report as it is at the way it was handled."

"I don't care if the issue was the Truth and Reconciliation report, a Zoning matter, a budget issue, or the consent agenda, this was wrong."

"What other issues are conducted this way? To not have contacted all Council members is just plain wrong."

Perhaps Sue did not read your post, JW. She entirely misses the point, and chooses instead to pretend that someone has asked for her opinion of the TRC.

Check with her when one of her pet issues gets handled similarly, and you'll see some foot-stomping of the worst, and very un-cute, kind.

Fortunately for Sue, her connections with city insiders, which she incessantly reminds us all about, ensure that her issues don't get handled this way. Too bad she seems unable to imagine what living outside the power structure and trying to get heard might look like, and how unfair back door arrangements like this one truly are -- regardless of the issue.

January 21, 2007 6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry.....

But I don't know what I'm sorry for ?

January 21, 2007 8:46 PM  
Blogger Sandy Carmany said...

I should leave it to the Mayor to speak for himself, but since he does not appear to read and respond on blogs, I'll share what he said to Florence Gatten and me during a break in today's council briefing session.

For what it's worth --

Keith told us it was never his intention to drop the TRC issue totally. It was a matter of numerous other issues constantly cropping up and requiring his/council's attention. Since he knew that the TRC was not a priority for a majority of council members, he chose to concentrate on those other issues instead, but always intended to get back to it (TRC) at some point when he had time.

January 23, 2007 8:16 PM  

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