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Letter: ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’
Re: “‘Green’ politics at City Hall,” Feb. 6
I guess the old adage “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is right. I happened to see the Jan. 29 council meeting totally different from you.
You describe it in terms that portray some out-of-control scene. (Curiously, how can you have an “orchestrated crowd” that was “so out of hand”?) I saw it as something we don’t often see -- people coming together to right an intended wrong before it happened.
It showed Floresville constituents making their voice heard in support of a deserving public servant. Sure, it was enthusiastic and loud at times. (How else does resounding applause sound?) The citizen presentations were mainly orderly and eloquent. The endorsement was positive and clear.
Frankly, (again, eyes of the beholder, I guess) I did not hear what you described as bellicose, foul language, venom, etc. I also thought the mayor, under the circumstances of dealing with a very large and enthusiastic crowd and more expansive participation rules, did a good job of presiding over the assembly.
Incidentally, I agree with Mr. Miller (the promulgator of these new rules) -- public servants are there to serve the public and should not curtail public input simply for convenience or to go home early, so to speak.
Again, reflecting the positive environment of this meeting and to their credit, the council did listen and did the right thing. So overall, it was a positive and fruitful meeting.
The most positive thing here, however, is that we still have our city manager. Also, for those who might not have known, they found out how well-respected he is. His work ethic is unsurpassed. He is very visible and accessible. More importantly, he has instilled in his staff -- office and field -- a culture of responsiveness, promptness, and professionalism. The best I could say about him is: “He builds.”
While I’m at it, let me address another comment in your editorial. The reason there was no real discussion about how the city would go about regaining its solvency was because that was not the issue of the night. The issue was the intention to terminate the city manager and everybody knew it. You don’t have an item on the agenda to hire an interim city manager unless you’ve already set it up to remove the incumbent! Pray tell -- where was the due process?
ALFRED Q. “FRED” GONZALES
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