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FIGHTING CITY HALL
15 June 2006
I am not a political person, comments in this journal notwithstanding. I can argue the big picture, express frustration about what seems to be injustice, and do "what I do" here. But I don't read the fine print, I don't follow issues thoroughly, except only occasionally. Basically, my righteous indignation aside, I simply don't consider myself a political person.
I've learned this week why that works best for me. It's not good for my health to get overly involved.
There is a Human Relations Commission here in town that is giving out citizenship awards. Each year I make nominations. This is what I wrote about Shelly, whom I nominated this year:
Every time I make this nomination, it gets ignored--often for people with far less impressive qualifications.
When I made this nomination, I asked my friend, a county supervisor, to consider making the same nomination. She agreed with me that this was a valid nomination, and she did make her own nomination.
We didn't hear anything for a long time and then I read in the paper that the HRC hadn't received enough nominations, so they were extending the deadline for nominations. At that time, I sent an angry letter to the editor of the newspaper, complaining that it looked like my friend was going to be passed over yet again. I received a call from the Human Relations Commission that this was not the situation at all and that they just wanted to give more people time to nominate someone.
Last week, I received a call from a man who has been suspicious of the actions of the HRC and so has been following the situation with this award. He learned that the day before the final deadline passed, HRC members themselves nominated four people and are going to recommend those names to the City Council, leaving off the nomination I and the county supervisor made.
(He also said that in his memory, awards in the last three years have all gone only to members of the HRC.)
I am so livid. I wrote a similar nomination for a different award (there are 6 awards to be given out, only four of which are apparently going to be recommended) for Ellen, who has done as much, if not more, than Shelly has. Neither nomination is apparently going to be recommended to the city council.
I called my friend the county supervisor to inform her of what I was just told and I just had a conversation with the mayor demanding an investigation of what is going on and why Shelly and Ellen have been passed over for every service award this town has to offer, for which I nominate them every year.
I once mounted a campaign to get a city award for a teacher in town. He's a wonderful, deserving guy who has done an incredible amount of work for the town, but not nearly as much as Ellen and Shelly. He won the award easily.
The man who called me last week planned to attend the city council meeting last night and to demand an investigation of the Human Relations Commission. I had intended to go to the meeting, but completely forgot about it until late in the evening, so I don't know what happened.
But if he actually made his presentation, it will be interesting to see what happens when the awards are finally announced.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Another golden morning on the farm.