Fame and fortune were his.
Then they were not.
Fame became notoriety and fortune, dust.
- "Chances are if one person is doing something wrong, he's not alone. Most people don't do risky things, like performance-enhancing drugs, without having a reason for doing so
- .In sports, it's all about competitive advantage, longevity and winning. That's it"
Slyness is afoot at the Council table. Not the first time.
The library board presented the 2013 budget. at the meeting last night.
Before the meeting proceeded further , out of order, Councillor Thompson put forwrad two motionst to reduce the tax increase.
He said, if Council was interested in reducing taxes the motions should be supported.
Nothing was in writing No notice given . But there was a seconder, so someone else was in on the strategy. .
The Mayor put the questions forward for debate
The treasurer was asked for input'
He expressed his support.
Visualising strategy sessions in the Mayor's office wasn't hard.
Council was caught by surprise.
I found it interesting. Not surprising..
At the end of a recent budget meeting,I requested Council be provided with a chart showing the record,since election,, of increased spending,and increased taxes.They are not the same thing.
Increased taxes for water and waste water should be included.
They are municipal services. Charges are a levy.
There should be one budget for town services. .
A resolution would have taken a month..
No opposition was expressed.
The request was received without comment.
Then it never happened. It was ignored.
It's the pattern of Geoff Dawe's administration.
A motion can receive unanimous support. No opposition. expressed. Enthusiasm is seen and heard.
Yet direction is not followed by staff.
Debate on the Abel- Pirri motion to give notice of termination to the Culture Centre Board is a prime example.;
Mayor Dawe, Councillors Thompson and Humfryes expressed strong support..
Debate concluded .Time to vote, The threesome with a strategy clearly evident scuttled the motion. .
Quite effectively as we have seen.
Slyness and duplicity are not unfamiliar in politics.
Like cheating in sports there's no subtlety.
But there's a cost.
The price is tust.
Trust cannot be bought.
It must be earned.
Once wasted, it can't be restored.
I trust everyone until they give me reason not to.
Then I never trust them again. .