For the second time, Councilman Robert A. Payne, III decided to "try" to throw his weight (i.e. his inflated ego) around and threaten to have a resident thrown out of a town board meeting. The resident was asking questions during a public hearing this time; last time, the same resident was asking questions during the "informational" meetings regarding the bonding.
This bothers me for two reasons:
1. Every resident has the right to ask questions. Might not be the questions that the town board wants to hear or for that matter, the questions they have the answer to, but every resident has the right.
2. I expect more from a person who is supposed to be a "leader". Councilman Payne needs to learn that whether he likes someone or not, whether he likes the questions or not, he is not the "King" of New Hartford. "Bullying" a resident is unacceptable.
By the way, in the spirit of fairness, Councilman Payne made the remark after some whispering and a nod of the head by Town Supervisor Earle C. Reed.
Councilman Robert A. Payne, III, (and Town Supervisor Earle C. Reed) the word for today is Leadership:
Leadership is the ability of an individual to set an example for others and lead from the front. It is an attitude that influences the environment around us.
Hubert H. Humphrey:
Leadership in today's world requires far more than a large stock of gunboats and a hard fist at the conference table.
Dwight D. Eisenhower:
You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.
On the brighter side, Happy Father's Day!