I feel compelled to reply to the opinionated letter Sunday by Mr. Bob Livesay. Attacking the mayor has become his mantra, and it serves only to inflame not to inform. If he truly had issues with Ms. Patterson’s policies, he could politely and thoughtfully write a letter to her or to the editor– he actually did have some good questions in this diatribe that most people will miss because of the enveloping vitriol–, listing his questions and concerns. Instead he attacks, insinuates and calls the mayor names like a fourth grader on the playground.
Especially inappropriate is his insistence that she is a bully. Our mayor takes charge, knows the law and understands procedures of good government. She also has had the welfare of the citizens in her heart and mind for a very long time, hence her re-election. Asking questions of the city manager at the council meeting is entirely appropriate; it is taking charge and guiding the council meeting according to law. It means she understands the functions of good government. Listening carefully to comments and responding appropriately means she cares about what the citizens need and want.
There are two reasons why the Mayor has the authority to turn off the microphone at a public comment section: 1. inappropriate or objectionable language, and 2. exceeding the time limit. For those that were not at the council meeting, it is pretty easy to guess that both these limits were met by Mr. Livesay.