By Charles Edwardson
February 06, 2008
I would table this issue if I was on the City Council and all I would need is a "second" to make this issue non-debatable. If I was in your position (KPU PHONE EMPLOYEES), I would implore at least one city councilman to rally support of one of his or her constituents and table this issue, FOR THAT MATTER I WOULD APPROACH ANY OF THE CITY COUNCIL AND ASK IF THEY HAVE A BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF THIS PROCEDURE.
I have witnessed many things
that seem to be shoved down the city councils' throats and they
seem oblivious of the fact that "THEY RUN THE SHOW NOT MANAGEMENT"(majority
vote rules) -- no if, ands or buts. I believe that this city
council has it backwards. They do not realize that they make
the rules and policies and have staff implement these policies,
not the other way around. Staff does not march in to council
chambers and say "this is what we should do" -- do
they??? If that is the case, there is no need for a city council.
I as a lifelong Ketchikan resident who intends to be here for the long haul would expect our city leaders to step up and lead, and not sit there and blindly accept staff recommendations on huge community issues such as these. I have said it many times, what this community needs now more than ever are leaders not politicians. Politicians are a dime a dozen, community leaders are hard to come by.
The ones we have at this time I would encourage them to stand up and lead this community or step down and let someone else do it. The long term economic effects of displacing workers may work in the lower forty-eight, but not here. For that matter how many company takeovers and large scale layoffs have benefited long term employees in a community in a positive manner? This is not a good idea, to sell KPU PHONE.
As always this is my unsolicited
opinion not representing any particular, lodge or group of people.
Opinions, everyone has one. My plea to the public is "use
Received February 06, 2008 - Published February 06, 2008
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