Tahlequah Daily Press

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April 14, 2014

City bickering: Enough already

TAHLEQUAH — Editor, Daily Press:

OK, you guys. We’ve had just about enough of this juvenile nonsense, and it is time we put an end to it! Yes, I’m talking to YOU, Mike Corn, and YOU, Jason Nichols, and, yes, YOU, city councilors. Twenty thousand dollars to settle a schoolyard tiff? Are you out of your minds?

Perhaps I have been as guilty as anyone, standing back the past few years and watching these petty disagreements escalate into more than anybody expected, until now we are talking about serious business. Unless somebody knows a heck of a lot more than the rest of us do, nothing of any significance will come out of a state investigation of the mayor’s office or the street commissioner’s office, either, and we will have nothing more to show for it than a lot of bad feelings and a divided city.

Hostilities can develop out of situations like this that can last until Doomsday. This is nothing for a city to be proud of, and those two excellent public servants should be ashamed of themselves. I know each side has done and said things that were hurtful to the other, but don’t tell me we can’t persuade two of Tahlequah’s best-liked and respected men to suck it up, shake hands and get over it like men and stop the foolishness. Tahlequah doesn’t need, nor can we afford such shenanigans.

I recommend that the city council engage an experienced mediator to sit down with these men and work out the dispute. I know for a fact that neither of them actually hate each other, and quite likely will wind up as friends if we give them a chance. If they are too proud to sit down together on their own, perhaps they should be arrested for disturbing the peace and sentenced to mandatory mediation. I’ve successfully handled dozens of cases in which school kids, swollen with anger and ready to kill each other, have seen the light and almost resolved their problems on their own. I’m sure our city officials can do the same!

I’m already thinking of better ways to spend $20,000.

Fred Gibson

Tahlequah

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