Friday, May 17, 2013

Yes it does! Village deserves council that can work together | Palmetto Bay

Village deserves council that can work together | Palmetto Bay

Is it really that hard to get along? Palmetto Bay News Co-Publisher Grant Miller again takes issue with a lack of civility from Mayor Shelley Stanczyk and the current toxic air at council meetings, stating that the Village deserves council that can work together. Mr. Miller states that: Palmetto Bay lacks leadership all around the dais. Despite loud complaints, nothing has been done to address the lack of civility, transparency or even allowing anyone not affiliated with completing campaigns to address concerns of public interest. Senseless squabbling, often through intermediaries, still remains business du jour.

It really isn't hard to get a long and move forward for the good of a community. And I believe I do have some insight as founding mayor, having served from 2002 through 2010. No one person or group of people "owns" any seat on the council. No one person, or any single group, should dominate the agenda of mayor Shelley Stanczyk, the vice mayor or other member of the council. You can't get upset and storm off when something fails to go your way.  

It should not be this way.  I would like to share a quote from President Dwight D. Eisenhower on leadership and respect. We need to think a little more locally for our village and start to show some self-respect for ourselves by demanding that our current mayor and council show some respect for our community by respecting opposing viewpoints as well as their own. Have respect for others - and for themselves.

This world of ours... must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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