The Union Recorder


July 2, 2014

ANDERTON: City Council's behavior is not a reason to vote for consolidation

MILLEDGEVILLE — I am as disappointed and outraged as anyone else by the comments of some members of the Milledgeville City Council and other city officials. I would like the opportunity, however, to frame this latest controversy within the “bigger picture”, as I fear that some citizens might be getting lost in the forest by focusing on the trees of the recent questionable behavior of our local government.

You see, the “unification" crowd is using this story to try to cajole the community into accepting their efforts to push us into city and county consolidation; they will strive to stoke the fire and get as much mileage out of it as possible, with the hope that no one will realize what’s really afoot. Incidentally, the term “unification” is just a more “Kumbaya” way of saying “consolidation”, but it sounds way more upbeat, happier and inclusive, which is why the proponents of such have chosen it to replace the word “consolidation” to help sell their plans. Although there’s no way to know for sure, I have to wonder if perhaps this whole event was orchestrated and “caught on tape” in an attempt to make the current city government look like buffoons in the eyes of the public and help consolidation look like a comparatively better option.

Does anyone else besides me wonder how someone with the proven skills and savvy necessary to become a successful bank president could be oblivious to the political reality of, as another reader put it, “never bite the hand that feeds you?” I don’t condone or support how the City Manager and Council reacted to Mr. Daniel exercising his free-speech rights, but how could someone at that level not sense some sort of retribution as a possible outcome? Having a right to do something doesn’t always mean that it's the smartest thing to do.

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