Elec­tion changes riles ci­ti­zen

The Compass - - OPINION -

I was ap­palled when I read an ar­ti­cle in the Sept. 4, 2012 edition of The Com­pass head­lined “Re­tool­ing the vote.”

It has been de­cided and voted on by our coun­cil to “re­tool” the vote in Clarke’s Beach, which sim­ply means we lose our right to elect our mayor as we have done in the past. In­stead, once the elec­tions are over, the coun­cil elected will de­cide the mayor of their choice, and not nec­es­sar­ily the per­son with the great­est num­ber of votes.

We have been able to choose our mayor for a num­ber of year. Why sud­denly is this chang­ing? And what is the pur­pose for do­ing so?

Coun­cils are elected to work for the tax­pay­ers of this or any other community and it is so dis­ap­point­ing to buy the lo­cal pa­per and read about the bick­er­ing that goes on in our coun­cil.

We have a dys­func­tional rep­u­ta­tion now and this lat­est change is just an­other to add to our list. In my opin­ion, in­stead of dis­play­ing this type of be­hav­iour, coun­cil should con­cen­trate on do­ing what it was elected to do.

Yes, coun­cil has the right to voice an opin­ion, just as I am do­ing now. It is a demo­cratic so­ci­ety in which we live. The res­i­dents of Clarke’s Beach de­serve more from the elected coun­cil and we hope its de­ci­sions on this mat­ter and all oth­ers are made for the right rea­sons.

I feel our present mayor is quite ca­pa­ble of mak­ing very good de­ci­sions that will lead our community in the right di­rec­tion, and she was cho­sen by the peo­ple.

Your lead­er­ship can only go as far as your coun­cil will per­mit. With the nega­tiv­ity that’s been printed in our lo­cal pa­per it re­ally tells us our present coun­cil is not ca­pa­ble of do­ing what they were elected to do. In my opin­ion, we should be mov­ing for­ward for the good of our community, but with a dys­func­tional coun­cil bick­er­ing and name-call­ing among them­selves at the meet­ings, lit­tle time is left to ad­dress the is­sues that af­fect our community.

Shame on you, coun­cil. Why can’t we keep the pol­i­tics in our town clean? We would ac­com­plish more by do­ing so and that is what the peo­ple of Clarke’s Beach de­serve and ex­pect from coun­cil.

This has left a bad taste in my mouth. I truly be­lieve the choice of who sits in the mayor’s chair should be made by the en­tire vot­ing pub­lic in a fair man­ner, not a choice to be made by six mem­bers of coun­cil.

Clare Mur­phy writes from Clarke’s Beach

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