Friday, March 26, 2004
The Daily Sun News is the first to tip its cap to elected officials-especially those folks who serve on the Sunnyside City Council. The time that must be put in to do a creditable job is immense. A four-year term on the city council requires a major commitment. Not many are willing to dedicate that large of a chunk of their lives to serving the Sunnyside faithful.
Along with the respect that must be given to those who choose to serve Sunnyside in this way, comes an expectation from these people. Simply put: it is expected council members will be fair in their actions, and that they will work for the betterment of all community residents and businesses.
Council members in their municipal dealings should have no room for personal animosities, vendettas or paybacks. Councilmen are not expected to resort to name calling. They should not have personal agendas...in terms of favoring or advocating against one particular person, group or business.
Just like anyone who offers an opinion on a newspaper's editorial page, council members must realize that not everybody is going to agree with them all of the time. It means having broad enough shoulders to let the residents of the community voice their objections, or approval, to the council's actions. It means not punishing those...whether it be another council member, a city employee, a local business or a private citizen...for offering an opinion that goes against the grain. A fair sharing of ideas, an open line of communication if you will, is imperative to growth and prosperity in nearly every arena of life.
Those who sit on the Sunnyside City Council who aren't open to freedom of expression, those who are close-minded or those who can't separate their pettiness from acting civilly and responsibly, should re-examine why they sought their council seat in the first place. After such personal examination, if they are still of a mind that their way is the only way, then perhaps it's time to step down and let some other civic-minded resident of Sunnyside take a leadership role.
To those council members who truly want to serve the residents of Sunnyside in a fair and responsible manner, the Daily Sun News tips its cap and offers a much deserved "thank you."