Thursday, June 28, 2012
What? You Must Be Kidding
Sometimes you hear things so bizarre that you have to do a double-take. This week’s craziness has to do with a rumor that a petition is circulating for the recall of the UCO president. What? Are we copycatting Wisconsin? If so, be reminded that that recall effort failed.
It gets better. People (the usual suspects) want to remove a President that was duly elected and is still in the beginning phases of a second 24-month term. They are unhappy with the budget, they are unhappy with paving contract issues (already being addressed), they are unhappy with everything associated with current leadership. They claim budget irregularities, even though their imagined discrepancies have been explained away many times. They cry “failure” while issues are still being resolved. They quibble about numbers of invoices, punch lists and the inevitable issues that come up with major projects.
It just may be that what’s really upsetting these people is the fact that Dave Israel was re- elected in the first place. They have only one goal: obfuscate, throw out allegations, criticize every move and force the sitting President to spend time fighting every charge imaginable to take time and energy away from his work. In effect, bring him down.
The frustrating thing is that these hostile, angry people could contribute a great deal to the betterment of the Village. Instead, they’ve chosen to hold their private “President’s” meetings (a little wishful thinking?), whipping up their charges, drawing up their petitions, and never inviting the people they attack to explain their actions in a reasonable exchange of ideas.
For now, let’s remember that this UCO President and his team have produced savings for residents and run the Village responsibly. It may be irrelevant to those who care less about demonstrable results than they do about being the center of negative attention. What a waste. But residents won’t be fooled. They’ll see this for what it is: a naked power grab based on resentment and jealousy, not on facts.