lengths in exhaustive detail to explain to the citizenry
why we need to change the system and appoint a city clerk. It
is more than a little ridiculous that we have gone through seven
clerks in the past decade, including a waitress, a supermarket
worker and now a blogger.
After my column about the DeKalb City Clerk flap two weeks
ago, I received mostly negative feedback for trivializing
a serious issue and also was told that one must be
sure to announce that humor is involved, unless it is so outrageous
that no sane person could construe it as a valid message.
Another blogger added, Your sense of humor is bad so you
should feel bad.
I may have missed the mark last time, but my "bruised
ego" compels me to take another crack at it.
About three dozen people on social media castigated the
DeKalb mayor, the city manager and even mentioned me for handling
this poorly. Then about a dozen of them showed up to picket City
Hall on Aug. 9 to express their opinions.
The city fathers (and mothers) have gone to great
A possible button design for an Alfred E. Neuman campaign
for the city clerk race (if there ever is another one). What,
Before the last election, I told friends that if a reputable
candidate did not emerge, I would promote write-in candidate
Alfred E. Newman. At the time he still was fully employed as
the mascot for Mad magazine, but now that the magazine has folded,
he could use a new gig.
Next, some may want to elect the police chief, fire chief
or even the city manager, but they had better do some research
it might not be legal under state statutes or even Home
I would prefer a professional in key positions. If people
want a professional holding the city clerks position, then
dont throw it open to every Tom, Dick and Sally to run.
Voters might even elect an old newspaperman who cant take
notes worth a darn.
On Monday night, the City Council took a lot of heat, but
the majority stuck to its guns. A delaying tactic (technicality)
forced them to go to a second reading, which will mean more public
testimony, probably from the same dozen people who already have
But thats democracy, and we should all support freedom
of speech (and of the press), even if we disagree. On that point,
Bessie (former DeKalb mayor) and I can probably agree.