Laura Mitchell's petition drive efforts against the charter amendment (to have the city attorney who drafts the laws report to the council members who make the laws, crazy idea, I know) are being well promoted by the Daily Times, unlike the position they took against the late Bob Caldwell's nearly-successful petition drive against the charter amendment to hike city taxes by double-digits.
Here's what's puzzling me, folks, and I welcome your thoughts on it. Since Mitchell can't make a good logical argument against the substance of the charter amendment on the city attorney (IMHO), she's really been pumping this "decision made in haste" mantra, even though the amendment got discussed, with each and every single member of the council having the opportunity to make their view known right there on TV. Members of the audience gave comment and the reading of Jim Ireton's letter against it was given the last word.
Mitchell has even compared this situation to the health insurance charter amendment where Louise Smith, Gary Comegys and Shanie Shields held a special meeting in the middle of the day with less than 24-hour public notice so they could get the amendment to take effect a couple days before the new council would be sworn in (and after the election).
Louise Smith, you will recall I'm sure, also passed the tax-hike charter amendment Barrie Tilghman wanted without having really read the proposed budget first.
Although Mitchell spoke against the Smith-Comegys-Shields haste and method on the health insurance amendment earlier this year, she wasn't so worried about that haste or the public's rights that she ran a petition drive. She didn't do anything about the tax-hike amendment either, didn't even sign the Bob Caldwell's petition in 2007, as far as I know, to protest on the same lofty principles.
Yet here Laura Mitchell is, teamed up with the same Louise Smith who oversaw passage of two hasty (truly hasty, not just sort-of-quickly, imho) charter amendments, in order to collect signatures on a referendum petition because she says the amendment was done in "haste."
Therefore, I just wanted to ask you, the reading public, if you think these actions by Laura Mitchell seem hypocritical to you or not? I can't wait to read your thoughts.
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