The Union Recorder


July 5, 2014

HODGES: People without democratic values should not represent us

MILLEDGEVILLE — I have read with interest the several letters from citizens who are disgusted and appalled by the conversation City Council members had about moving money from Century Bank to Wells Fargo as retaliation against Chat Daniel’s criticism of the Council. While the conversation did not take place in a regular meeting, nonetheless it revealed some very disturbing things about our City Council.

The thing disturbing me most is that City Councilors Denese Shinholster, Boo Mulllins, Collinda Lee and Steve Chambers do not seem to hold the values of American democracy but rather hold the values of a tyranny. American democratic values allow us freedom to be critical of our government without fear of retaliation; the values of a tyranny do not allow such criticism. Witness what is going on right now in Egypt for example. Such a conversation held by members of the City Council might have seemed appropriate under the reign of Sadaam Hussein, but not in the city of Milledgeville, Georgia.

The other thing disturbing me is that none of the Councilors has apologized, but rather they have tried to justify their behavior. I am sorry, but their behavior cannot be justified in any way.

And the third thing that has disturbed me is that, first of all, none of the offending Councilors has offered to resign — it seems to me they would have if any of them had a shred of integrity — nor has anyone suggested a recall effort to remove them from office.

I served on a committee some years ago, and I found myself “between a rock and a hard place,” and any decision I made would have negative ramifications. I made a decision, but because I betrayed the trust of my committee, I resigned. The City Councilors have betrayed our trust, and as Councilor Collinda Lee said, “When you betray my trust I have a problem with you.”

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