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July 2, 2014

PENNINGTON: Power is more important to the city than integrity

MILLEDGEVILLE — In 1964 in his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”

Now 50 years later, we have a city manager and his supporters on the Milledgeville City Council who seem to have devolved to a state in which sheer power is much more important than moral integrity and ethical behavior. They have substituted retaliation, the very antithesis of what Dr. King gave his life to preserve, for these principles. In the exercise of power alone, they would have us believe the man who exposed their secret meeting and the questionable remarks the villain.

Barry Jarrett’s apology was not enough. It was his knee-jerk reaction to getting “caught with his hand in the cookie jar.” Before the Valdosta Daily Times headlined this dastardly event about the intended clandestine meeting, Mr. Jarrett should have resigned. He definitely needs to do the right thing and resign now—or City Council needs to rescind its decision not to support the mayor’s initial and right decision to remove him from office

Elie Wiesel, who survived the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, has observed, “The opposite of love is not hate; it’s indifference.” Since a majority of City Council has forgotten that a love for our great city and a desire to serve its people is their very raison d’etre (reason for their very existence), I trust the good people who elected this indifferent group to office will not do so again.

Linda Pennington

Milledgeville

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