Although a member of the Charter Commission, I am writing this letter as a concerned private citizen. What follows are opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of my fellow Commissioners.
It is with some interest that I have read the various articles and opinion pieces in this newspaper regarding the Commission's work. I hope that others besides me have noticed that none of the articles have addressed any specifics on the proposed amendments. Instead the focus has been on alleged corruption and kickbacks related to eight of the twelve commissioners.
To those who are opposed to the charter amendments, you would provide a better service to the voters of Lee’s Summit by addressing which of the twelve proposed amendments are problematic, or, taking it to a higher level, which amendments are evidence of corruption. I ask you to accept this challenge so that we can have some basis for discussion on the merits. That is how the system is supposed to work, and it is something we should all want so that we can make informed decisions.
I don’t mean to insult anyone by what I am about to say, but given the vitriol directed against the Charter Commission, this needs to be addressed for what it is. Ad hominem attacks as opposed to a discussion of the amendments on their merits are childish and beneath the dignity of Lee’s Summit. As a member of the Charter Commission I do not feel insulted by these attacks, but I do view it as an insult to the intelligence of the voters of this city. What kind of people do you think our fellow citizens are? I challenge those who get their joy from slinging mud, whether in anonymous letters to the Attorney General or by-lined attacks in this paper, to address the City Charter based on what those amendments actually say. Make your case for your disagreement and allow for rational discussion. Tell us specifically about your objections. Spell out where you see evidence of corruption. Let’s have an adult discussion. It may be that you are right, and if the voters reject our work based on the facts, then the system has worked. That’s the way a healthy community is supposed to conduct itself.
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Lee’s Summit, MO