More than meets the eye
To the Telegram: Do you get the feeling there is more going on than you are being told? Are there times you suspect that you only get half the story or less? Well if you read the Telegram editorial on May 7 and the letter by Irene Jarvi, you woul...
To the Telegram:
Do you get the feeling there is more going on than you are being told? Are there times you suspect that you only get half the story or less?
Well if you read the Telegram editorial on May 7 and the letter by Irene Jarvi, you would be right.
If you knew Councilors Dan Olson, Warren Bender and Mick MacKenzie and Greg Mertzig, your bewilderment might turn to anger at the implications within those opinions.
If you are informed about city politics, the circumstances surrounding, the council meeting, what occurred was understandable, even predictable.
First, I will tell you I know and admire these councilors so my opinions are somewhat affected by that. Jarvi, who wrote harshly about them, and favorably about Councilor Esther Dalbec, is her neighbor and good friend. But she did not disclose that, did she? She certainly was not watching the same meeting the rest of us saw. One of the strange implications that ran through her letter was that elected officials should act differently because the public can see them. From what I know of these councilors, they are committed to responsible, considered words and deeds without regard to whether others see them.
They spend many hours on the phone, studying policy and attending meetings away from City Hall, during personal time, working for constituents and city interests. You don't see that and they don't brag about it.
There are significant and meaningful differences between councilors.
Differences not to be dismissed in the interest of going along with how things have always been done. Committees are where the real work is done in the city council system. Who sits on the committee is important in deciding the taxes you pay, the amount of fees you must pay, how many "rules" you must conform to and what services you receive.
Recall, the editorial mentioned the mayor "taking the unprecedented step of breaking a tie to establish council leadership" and the vote that night was on the committee appointments made by Council President Bob Finsland in concurrence with Tom Bridge?
Unprecedented it was and calculated to keep the city going on business as usual. Dalbec votes with Finsland and Bridge so her "suck it up" comment was telling others to "go along", "we control the agenda here," "we decide who will make decisions in committees." Insofar as they have the votes to have it their way, she is right and it will be business as usual in Superior.
But voters wanted change. Informed, thoughtful citizens have demanded this around the country. On this day Olson, Bender, MacKenzie and Mertzig represented change. I know they will not be intimidated or silenced. Made of sterner stuff, they are.
Perhaps, in the future, different councilors, will work for necessary change with them. Then, and only then, will you see Superior break away from what has held us down. They are committed to creating a city where our children can proudly build a healthy future.
Superior citizens voted for that.