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They're BaaackPosted Monday, July 25, 2011, at 2:25 PM
Just when we thought we might have another rational council, "Nightmare #2" has been created. Now, we have our own "Gang of Six" that seems to be just as partisan as our US Congress.
One of the parties, we could call the Dissers, since they are viewed as disliking almost everything. They are portrayed as against any change; they want the town to be the same as it was when they arrived. They were the hippies in the late 1960s thru 80s who found what was an old, broken down, ghost town. Here, they could squat in abandoned houses and live a free life away from their "rents" and the "pigs". These were the rebels of the "baby boomers". Ironically the Dissers seem to have become their parents; the very parents these rebels accused of being old "sticks in the mud."
The other party represents the merchants and professionals who help bolster the tourism faction in this town. We could call them the Touries. These people are perceived of being the greedy opportunists of our town. They are viewed as only wanting to make fast bucks off the backs of our town artists and architectural attractions. They are held in suspect.
These two parties can not work with each other. They are like oil and water.
They couldn't work together with "Nightmare Council #1". Remember...it was the same game, just different players. Filibustering was their goal at every meeting. Three, four and five hour sessions were dejur with nothing accomplished except stroking of egos and constitutional points of procedure. Power struggles were rampant. Meetings outside the court house were a given. How else could you plan strategies?
Obviously, our town can no longer afford this kind of behavior from elected officials. Our town needs a functional council. We need to elect people without preconceived agendas. We are tired of its members rocking back in their chairs with poop eating grins on their faces while winking at each other. By the way, body language and facial expression was/is a costly tell* with both "Nightmare Councils".
We could consider trying a Professional Administrative type of government? We certainly have seen what the amateurs have brought us. However, it would be very expensive, but then look what our present council and past councils have cost us in time and money?
One of my closet concerns is who will read the resumes and choose a proposed town manager? Since she or he will not be elected by we citizens, who will be acting in our place? Councils and commissions, in the past, have not had a good track record when it came to thoroughly vetting resumes and candidates thus causing terrible hiring mistakes i.e. the CAPC.
So, there's a lot on our citizens' plates to think about concerning this issue. I hope we can be selective when we cut up and swallow what we will do about our council dilemma.
* A revelation or evidence of unspoken thought, a term used in gambling.
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I'm Enid. No, not the town in Oklahoma, but a transplant to Eureka Springs from Minneapolis fourteen years ago. I'm a writer, journalist and sometime artist. My real love is expressing my opinions on almost any subject, as you have seen in my many letters to the Editor of The Lovely County Citizen over the years. Now, I'm happy to say that I will be writing a blog titled In a Twist for your amusement, amazement or commiseration. Thanks for giving me a read.