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A more civil discourse

Published 10:01am Wednesday, January 2, 2013

For years, the citizens of Franklin had become accustomed to their City Council meetings being more like a circus sideshow than the productive work sessions they were intended to be.

And we say that with all due respect to circus sideshows.

Over the last few months, however, something new and different has been occurring at City Hall: civil, productive meetings where the people’s business is getting done.

We can only speculate as to the reasons for the newfound spirit of professionalism and cooperation. A new city manager who brings to the job decades of experience and a plan of action? A new mayor, whose goal of restoring civility and order to government proceedings is being achieved.? A sense of urgency shared by all that the old, unproductive ways of doing business would only serve to plunge the local economy into deeper despair.?

Perhaps it is a combination of all those factors and many more.

Regardless of the reasons, it is a refreshing change to witness those who were selected to conduct the city’s business actually conduct themselves in a way that is conducive to doing business. We have high hopes that this is a sign of good things to come in 2013.

  • DryRain

    Well for one thing McLemore isn’t or can’t make race and issue anymore, thank goodness for that.

    I like the way Mayor Raystine Johnson-Ashburn took over. There were no if, ands, or buts as to who is in charge of the City Council meetings and how things were going to run in a civil manner.

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  • employee2

    BTW, this is a “Letter to the Editor”, who wrote it? It almost appears as an “Our View” article.

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  • Makalani

    RE: “..decided to act like … adult[s].
    One of my grandfather’s favorite sayings was: “Let sleeping dogs lie!” lol

    Former Mayor Councill was too genteel at times expecting adults to act as adults without him “cracking the whip” … errr …. errr … gavel.

    Another of my grandfather’s favorite sayings was : “Give some people an inch — they will take a mile.“
    Mayor Johnson-Hilliard is cut from a different piece of cloth than the former Mayor — doesn’t often concede that inch — countenancing chaos/incivility!

    Kudos to the Council members for a new — collective — productive — civil attitude while conducting the peoples’ business/checking the rancorous/disruptive attitudes at the Council chamber door.

    My grandfather also used to caution me “to not question good fortune!”

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  • handkusp45

    Perhaps it is because Blythe is not there and McNomore has decided to act like an adult.

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  • employee2

    It makes the council meetings more palatable to watch. No more political grandstanding for now….

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