Practicing What I Preach
Not to come off too holier than thou, I have noticed that amongst these blogs, the participants have gotten a little carried away in attacking Little Joey for every little thing that he does and it is starting to resemble his one-sided attacks against the city. Joey is allowed to have his opinions and occasionally he is right about one or two things. It should not be our job to attack every opinion or correct his every mistake and to act as if his opinion is any more important or valid than the other bloggers. We have come along way in bringing to light the true nature of Little Joey’s blog. It is when his opinions are so patently absurd or abusive towards innocent people that we should be stepping in. Stick to the facts and issues and prove that we are better than him and his sycophants and do not have to stoop down to their level of personal attacks to get our point across.
There is a great story in the paper today about Council President Smith’s decision to implement a new policy for council members to request information from the various departments in the city. There was good and bad news in reading the comments in the StoryChat section.
The good news is that I was able to correctly guess the tone and lame personal attacks with no real point or basis in fact. Yay me. The bad news is that once again the first response, and often the only response, was completely devoid of intelligent thought.
Nobody compared and contrasted how legislators handle information requests at the Federal of State level with how information is requested at the county level and currently in the city. I would be surprised if anyone even knew or was curious to know about the policies of other Departments who handle legislative requests. I would also venture that they could care less about implementing the correct policy for this level of government.
Where are the pros and cons of this policy? Does it provide greater accountability to make sure that the requests are filled? Does this come at the expense of a timely response? It has been insinuated that the various departments are inundated with requests by the two dissenting councilwomen for information. How will that burden be addressed without having to provide extra monetary resources or extra staffers without compromising their ability to represent their constituents? Is this the best use of their constituent’s resources?
These are the questions that need to be asked. What doesn’t need to be asked is whether or not the Council President’s uncle is proud of her. If I were a man of great ego who claims to bring news to Salisbury and well as trying to improve the whole city and not just embarrass those who run the city, I would try to get to the bottom of this. I would not promote a snarky, although kinda funny, (and evidently two years later, completely false) email from the offending party.