January 29, 2011
After reading Thursdays story, Policy changes debated by mayor and city council, a co-worker exited her office and said, My 12-year-old does a better job of holding her tongue and her hands than that. These people are supposed to represent us!
A resident of Middlesboro, she was embarrassed at the behavior of her elected officials on Tuesday night, and rightfully so.
Subsequently, more than one of those elected officials have called to ask the reporter present if she happened to record the meeting and leave the recorder on for the subsequent scuffle. One of those officials even threatened to subpoena the recording, for what reason, we are unsure.
I find this more appalling and audacious than the original lack of civility and brazen demeanor displayed IN PUBLIC on Tuesday.
For the record, anything that occurs at a public meeting is on the record and if a fight, scuffle, dust-up, or general disagreement erupts beforehand or afterwards, part of our mission is to report it to the best of our ability.
We all make mistakes and being in the public eye is not always easy; but our elected officials chose to be there, and our city department heads and employees are, in essence, public servants. Behavior is a choice too.
We hope that Tuesday nights meeting is not an example of what we can expect for the rest of the term for this group that the city chose to represent them.
Brandy Calvert is the managing editor of the Middlesboro Daily News. Contact her via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.