Citizens deserve to be treated with respect
As a newly appointed member of the Bloomfield Library board, I decided to attend the recent City Council meeting to express my disappointment with the budget cut to the Library. This community is extremely fortunate to have such an extensive, up-to-date library with 100+ years of history. It is one of our most important community assets and does a great job serving the public. Libraries are one of the best reasons we pay taxes.
Before I had a chance to say a word, another member of the public began to speak on the issue and was immediately shouted down by Councilman Cronin. He accused the speaker of not going to the right place for the right information, insinuating the local paper has printed incorrect information about the library and the budget. He also put the blame on Davis County Supervisors for not doing their share to support the library. Clearly Mr. Cronin does not want to hear from the public when we disagree with action the council takes. But I was astounded at how rude he was to a tax-paying citizen that he supposedly is there to represent.
When I had my chance to speak I asked if it was true or not that the council was cutting the library budget by $20,000. After a pause, Councilman Garrett said yes. And that was it for the Library.
Last week it was the Mayor shouting down a parent over safe school crossings. I realize money is often in short supply for things we would like to see done in the community. But Bloomfield and Davis County citizens, at the very least, deserve to be treated with respect.
And I think we need better representation.
Public Comments does not mean Public Debate
Last Thursday night we attended the city council meeting with the intent to speak during the Public Comments time.
Prior to attending the meeting, we checked the City Council site online to see if there were guidelines for speaking during Public Comments. It has been our experience that there are guidelines for speaking at public meetings. Typically, these guidelines include a sign-in sheet, a 3-5 minute speaking limit, and a reminder that comments need to be civil.
Our intent was to express our opposition to the cut of $20,000 dollars for the library in the budget. We stated our concerns to the funding cut in terms of all that the library has to offer for this community.
We were shocked to have a councilman want to turn our statements into a debate and to be rebuked and chastised for our comments.
When we were asked by the councilman where we got our information, we stated from the Bloomfield Democrat. We were further shocked by his negative comments about the paper and stating that we should not rely on the paper for information.
Journalism should not be silenced.
As a follow-up to the meeting, we contacted our ward councilman and (Librarian) Anne Tews about the rules or guidelines for speaking during the Public Comments time on the agenda. Our councilman stated that he has not seen guidelines. Anne Tews researched this and it is not in the regulations for council meetings.
This appears to be unique to the city council meetings. A policy for Public Comments needs to be drafted, approved, and added to the city council meetings.
Joe and Marty Hudson
Are white evangelicals silent on racism?
“Jesus Loves the Little Children”
“Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world; red, brown, yellow, black and white. Jesus DIED for all the children, Jesus ROSE for all the children of the world. They are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.”
Historically the Jews and Samaritans hated each other. This did not stop the Jewish Jesus talking to the Samaritan woman at the well. What about the Good Samaritan binding the wounds of the injured Jew?
Jerry L. Mozingo SSG U.S.M.C
P.S. In the military, soldiers and marines have one color, GREEN.