Friday, June 22, 2012
Last night's Town Hall Meeting razzled, dazzled and finally frazzled everyone.
There was more ducking and weaving the questions put to mayor and council than you see at most boxing matches. "We'll get back to you on that" was the standard reply. If the questions got to hard or difficult to answer, or were put to him too bluntly, there was the old pre-arranged stand-by police paddy wagon to cart off those the mayor took a disliking too... which happened much too frequently, including near the end of the meeting with my own wife, of all people, almost being carted off too when she challenged him for lying that he had been in the Bellecrest parade (which has always been the customary practice of former mayors, but not this one?), which she felt was a slap in the face to the residents living east of the slide. Never-mind that he and his council are threatening to close the Bellecrest Senior's Hall while pumping money like drunken sailors into the Coleman Senior's building?
Yes, dictatorial 'Pompous Bruce' was in full-swing last night for everyone to see, taking no prisoners, laughing and joking his way through the evening to the chagrin of many in the audience. At times, people felt, I'm sure, was he laughing with us, or at us? It was had to tell.
Yes, the mayor took discontent with his rule to a new razzle dazzle them level that would make a Las Vegas show proud. Culminating the evening with more pie-in-the-sky promises of good things to come... but don't hold your breath, he says, because it could all disappear like a puff of smoke.
So were the long outstanding issues with his administration of transparency in how and why decisions are being made, accountability, fiscal responsibility, and due diligence, to name a few, addressed to the satisfaction of the people there? I don't think so. What was clear is that we have an authoritarian leader who has no respect for taxpayers, and who has trouble answering questions put to him directly, if at all, who suffers fools lightly and does not hesitate in using the power of his position to quell discontent in this regard.
Surprizingly, the subject of the newly reactivated Ratepayers Association never once came up?
In conclusion, never once last night, except maybe when Jerry Lonsbury made his speech, did I feel our community spirit was back. In fact, by the end of the night, it felt more broken and lost than ever before. In reality, the very character and fabric of who and what we are never even bothered to show up. Instead, what did show up was the very real sense that we were all now 'sleeping with the enemy'.
Open Letter to Mayor Bruce Decoux... the day before the Town Hall Meeting.
Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.