This is an email forwarded to The Bulldog that condemns Mayor Jim Watson’s action in the proclamation and flag-raising for the pro-life National March For Life:
Watson is opposed to what that group is promoting but ask yourself why he signed the proclamation not only recently but in past years?
He’s blaming staff and that is absolutely unfair. Does he shut his eyes when signing proclamations?
He’s a micro-manager so doubt his eyes were closed. Even if it were staff which forwarded the proclamation to his office, did staff hold a gun to his head and say sign it? He clearly knew what he was signing.
How many people work in the mayor’s office? Not one advised him not to sign? He most likely took the lead on this and points the finger elsewhere as he typically tends to do. I suspect concerns were raised in the past and he just ignored them. Anything for a vote. How many keys have been handed out in the last year? Few were given out by previous mayors. Same with community awards.
He hands them out along with other awards like there was no tomorrow. He prints more awards than the U.S. does $20 bills. It’s a pity because it just dilutes the importance of awards. Watson won’t stop proclamations because it’s just another way of flattering someone. Having council approve them does not work. The past proved that with debates which lasted hours over the stupidest proclamations. The city should stop doing them and maybe spend more time debating important matters that have serious impacts on the citizens of this city such as light rail.
“I don’t think it’s acceptable to have that flag flying because it’s stating a position that most of our city is opposed to — I’m certainly opposed to,” Watson said.
So why did he sign the proclamation?
The city itself says that the flag has to reflect the proclamation. If the flag is stating a position, so is the proclamation signed by Watson. I guess he wasn’t opposed till the flag angered a lot of people and garnered a lot of negative tweets and media reaction.
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