Thursday, December 04, 2014

Standard-Examiner Op-Ed: Weber Commission Needs to Stop Being Disrespectful - Updated

More diplomacy and less drama, Mssrs. Bell and Gibson, please

We're less than delighted to report that there's more unfortunate "bad press" for our Weber County Commissioners Matthew Bell and Kerry Gibson this week, with yesterday's publication, in the Standard-Examiner online edition, of this relatively scathing guest commentary, reeling off a whole laundry list of recent public "faux Pas" committed by these otherwise fine "gentlemen."
Our hope is that, as a consequence of this latest instance of "bad ink," this all ends up being what's called a "teachable moment" for these two incumbent Weber County Commissioners, yes?

More diplomacy and less drama, Mssrs. Bell and Gibson, please. Keep in mind the tried and true Barry Goldwater axiom: "To disagree, one doesn't have to be disagreeable."

A word to the wise ought to be sufficient, wethink.

Just another helpful hint from your old pal Rudi, (who's fillin' in for Miss Manners this week)!

Update 12/5/14 6:00 a.m.: The Standard follows up yesterday's guest op-ed with a hard-copy edition house editorial of its own. "It was an unseemly display by the commission, which has unfortunately been mired in political spats. Commission Chairman Gibson should make an effort to lead the body in a more dignified manner," the SE editorial board intones:
Don't let the cat get your tongues, O Gentle Ones.


Ozboy said...

I loved the picture in the Standard article that show these two old fat white and clueless republican men huddled together with their backs toward the woman commissioner and a large space between them and her. It was very symbolic as it shows exactly how they have been toward her since they took power in the commission.
This picture and their past actions pretty much tells the tale about how they really feel about women - especially those in any sort of executive or authority positions. Sad that the citizens of Weber County, and the County's multi zillion dollar budget are in the hands of two such ignoramuses!

And by the way, is it true that these two clowns are giving a pile of our tax money to the shooting range boondoggle who's only real purpose is as a play ground for their gun luvin cronies?

AWM said...

Oz...why inject the "white" let alone "old" into this discussion? You must be living in a vacuum at your end of the digital spectrum if you're unaware of what's going on in the media and country right now. You lost all credibility at word 15 in your reply which is lamentable because more often than not I'm in agreement with most of your posts.

blackrulon said...

You do realize they are white and old. Unless the picture was doctored to misrepresent who they really are. Ozboy simply reported on the facts in the picture.

AWM said...

BR. There are many reasons to dislike these two but being old and white aren't two of them (or are they?) Their race and age aren't relevant to the issue at hand and under their control. Mentioning either adds nothing to the discussion.

Ozboy said...

Interesting observation AWM, thanks.

I'm not sure just what you mean however. Especially how what I wrote is contradictory to what is happening in the media and country these days.
Seems to me a whole lot of difficult social stuff is going on because of people in power like these commissioners being out of sync with a younger and/or darker population.

I mean these two guys are old, white, fat and Republican. (a description that would fit me as well if you put "ex" in front of "Republican"!)
A very large segment of the population isn't. (well fat maybe, but not old, white & republican)

In addition to that stuff, they seem to be rather misogynistic as well!

blackrulon said...

They do not consider themselves to be misogynists. They are merely fighting against the threat of being infected with girl cooties.

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