...Great AMERICA go?
Recently, Councilman Ken Kraft (among the four we elected last year) has been criticized for his "open mind" approach to a thirty year old question: should we continue to allow the County Executive (John Stoffa today) to appoint cronies into row office positions?
Mr. Kraft (along with Councilman Tom Dietrich, up for re-election this year) put a reasonable motion on the table seeking to have WE THE PEOPLE decide the question, only to find themselves being ridiculed by their counterparts on County Council...where is the civility in that?
What troubles us most is the statements made by some members of council, as related to this matter. For example, Tom Shortell of the Express Times wrote on December 12, 2012:
"The suggestion, however, was quickly attacked by other council members. Peg Ferraro, Scott Parsons and Bob Werner all questioned how most voters would be able to make informed decisions on what are often obscure posts. The tests ensure candidates possess some knowledge about what it takes to properly operate their desired position, they said. That was sometimes lacking in the past as political favorites used them for no-show jobs, Ferraro said."
Most concerning of all in this statement is whether or not voters are capable of making informed decisions relating to these position. We find it rather peculiar that some on County Council consider us intelligent and informed enough to elect County Council, but not intelligent or informed enough to elect Row Office positions. Can anyone on County Council who oppose this motion explain that to us? We suspect not!
The matter-of-fact is that We The People are well informed because we are now awake and involved.
Ms. Ferraro is also quoted to say in Toms writings: "What we’ve seen is professionalism brought to these row offices," she said. "We’ve seen the falling of separate little fiefdoms."
Because we love Peggy so (and she knows we do), we would like to agree with her on this comment, however, understanding the truth as we do, we can not agree. This statement begs the question: Have we really witnessed professionalism in those positions, or just a bigger and worst fiefdom controlled by an apparent tyrant the likes of County Executive John Stoffa?
We take this opportunity to say Semper-Fi, and extend a well deserved thank you to Mr. Kraft for keeping to his promise to serve the community well. Also Thank you too Mr. Dietrich for standing up and being counted on this issue.
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