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Op-ed: Best wishes… (by Peter Children)

This is my least favorite time of year. I think that all stemmed from when I found out there really was no Santa Claus, that I’d been conned by my mother whom I trusted.  That revelation sort of set the course for me; I have a sign on the wall in my office that simply says, “Question Everything.”  Leave nothing to chance because if anything can go wrong it will.

Things are quiet now, all the buyers I deal with have bought what they needed months ago and that merchandise is already on the shelves. They won’t be back in their offices until the middle of January when they’ll once again be looking for new merchandise to hoodwink the public with.

Locally it seems most all the city administration has been sober and low key, and by that I mean none have been arrested, (some have immunity) or caused disturbances in public places which makes for slow news days. I can hardly wait for the new council to be seated and the real maleficence begins. It will be hard for Bookmeyer to chose just who he’ll attempt to put it to first. I see the HR office as one of his early targets, maybe some carefully crafted committee appointments to insure total compliance to his own wants and needs. I see the sand in the hour glass running out for Trout as the first step in his move to eliminate the position of a administrator in favor a  strong mayoral government thereby raising his salary to somewhere close to 60 K which in his own mind might add a bit of weight between his legs.

In my mind I see this new council as being giddy at the onset, much like that proverbial kid in the candy store with all the grown ups gone. They will be excited because they can stay up late and drink beer if they want to, and believe me, some will want to.  The only thing they should look out for is Kool-Aid; if Bookmeyer starts mixing Kool-Aid they want to stay far away from that.To my nemeses on this site, I want you to know I enjoyed fencing with you, I hope in the coming year you’ll try your best to make it more competitive for me. I wish you all the best of health and fortune…be kind to your family,  little children and animals and be kind to yourselves.

Peter Children

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