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Op-ed: Commentary: Bookmeyer (by Peter Children)

Of late so many people bring up mayor Bookmeyer when they engage me in conversation. I am not surprised.  After all,  I have written extensively about him during most of 2011, and will probably continue throughout this coming year as well. Truth be known he’s not my favorite subject, he’s quite pedestrian and very mediocre by any measure you might choose to use.  He is in my opinion also inept in his job, lacks understanding and hasn’t a clue to what he’s doing.

I know for a fact many people share my thoughts, because many of those who stop me in the supermarket and the postoffice and cafe’s tell me they share my views; he’s totally wrong for our city is the most frequent comment  I hear, that along with those who affirm he is a embarrassment to this city…how they feel terrible for his family, especially his children. Many wonder if he drinks at home to the extent he does in public. I cannot speculate on that, I only write what I know to be true…incidents which were witnessed by others who were present to the event.

A couple of days ago a large property owner called me to invite me to look at a property he was remodeling, I suggested we might lunch then go see it.  I wasn’t surprised when Bookmeyer’s name came up, we were talking about the CES gasification facility and Bookmeyer’s obsession with getting it approved ASAP.  He should learn that there is nothing more important than the health of those living here.

Lets assume some people fell ill as a result of this facility, and it could be proven that CES was the reason. Who would they sue? The city, maybe Bookmeyer, CES? How much liability do they carry….does anyone really know?  Is this about power, trying to prove something to others? If it is it is showing incompetence and recklessness not good judgement from someone who really cares about this city and those who live here.  Truthfully no one is really against this plant from opening, they just want more assurances that it will be safe…..slow down.

Bookmeyer ran against a very weak opponent, a very nice man with little or no money and quite short on charisma.  I was one of the few who voted for John by the looks of it.  It wasn’t really a contest. Bookmeyer had a lot of money contributed by the medical community mostly I assume given his wife’s proximity to that affluent group; he was savvy to the Internet and hooked up with Facebook I am told and cashed in on that medium….good for him. But when you burn the forest and shift the ashes the fact remains no one really knew who this man was. I have no idea of just how long he lived here…that could be checked by his wife’s employment record at the Mercy Hospital….because that is how he got here, no one recruited him that is certain.

Upon taking office he shut down the public forum and went after the office of Human Rights….then he met Max……..

Now we’re at the end of the year and in the swirl of the holiday season….what will be the odds Eric will be sober on New Year’s Eve, about the same as the pope switching to Judaism.  I shall continue to track this guy, as long as he gets plowed in public and stumbles into tables I will ride his ass. If you want to know my true feelings…I’d much rather give him a ride to a treatment center.

In the spirit of the new year, I want to offer the mayor an invitation to sit down with me over coffee…or he can drink beer I don’t care as long as it is his first of the day, and we’ll talk.  We’ll talk about cabbages and kings along with other things, any thing he wants….but only the two of us and only in public.

Peter Children


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Riiight sure we do. Duhsville

Yes Beverly, empires do fall, seems like one just fell during the last election. I think it’s funny how all that disagree with your position must be the same person using different aliases. I guess me myself and I must have three votes too to offset yours. You and Children represent the minority opinion in this town…get used to it.

There are several law firms in this area, if what Children writes is fiction, he would have been in court a year ago. There is a reason why he has never been sued, its called truth. In this country it is not against the law to tell the truth, look it up you dumies, idots. Don’t think for one minute Bookmeyer has not talked to a lawyer, if he took Children to court it would be a circus, and the mayor would be in the center ring.

Rattlesnake, he is just like Bookmeyer self centered. Who Am I speaking of? That would be Joe Realfred Howie. They exposed him a loong time ago here on the site. He is several other names also. No one cares what he writes he’s wrong and knows it. No worries we know the absolute truth and who’s a drunk spending our money and putting us in harms way. Remember ALL empires fall.

Rattlesnake: why is Peter Children a questionable charachter? Really? Apparantly you haven’t read all the B.S. he has been printing in his Op-Ed articles over the last year or how ever long. He spouts off and rants against many he has never met and doesn’t know. Where he comes up with his stuff we can only guess. Like he said, he doesn’t know much of what he writes about, he only reports on what others claim to have witnessed or know. Who are this sources? How do we know they are not liars or worse yet, figments of his imagination. He is out in left field, regardless. That is why he is a questionable character with with questionable claims a a flair for the dramatic and certainly willing to print fiction as fact. Enough said!

Yeah, you anti-bookmeyer folks sure did teach him a lesson this last election..oh wait..bookmeyer got everthing he wanted. I am sure you will get Bookmeyer next time!!

Joe, Why do you think Children is questinable? He has no criminal record, how do you come to that conclusion? Is it because you re trying to defend the mayor and you dislike Children for telling the truth. Explain yourself if you can.

Yawn……Children writes another article about the Mayor and calls him a drunk.
Time to move on, Peter. You’re starting to seem like a crazy old stalker.

What a joke Peter. Why would the mayor meet with you? We get it, you don’t like him. Why would any public servant meet with a questionable individual such as you that does nothing but blast him. You do say based on what you hear not on what you can claim to have witnessed yourself You think alot of your self, obviously. For what reason you have such a high opionion of yourself or think others would care about what you say, we haven’t a clue.

Can’t you hear him now? Bookmeyer is in so much denial he is laughin at this when in fact it is the very truth. This wonderous group around him known as supporters are failing miserably too. Money and power make not a smart man. Never has never will. ALL empires fall. This too shall. Bookmeyers entourage of creeps all around us. They will crawl and beg soon enough. Read some history people it never fails.

To John Bunnell

Thank you for your comment. I did not make Bookmeyer what he is; I do not force him to get drunk in public, or in private for that matter. He is an adult and he is what he is because that is what he choses to be. When he became mayor he also became public proprty, he put himself in the spot light and now he does not like it. Then he should quit.

Peter L is stoned most of everyday, those people who come here often are well aware of that. You might as well talk to your cat as pay attention to what he has to say.

It wouldn’t matter to you that I smoked marijuana one time last summer to see if it improved my medical condition, and haven’t smoked any since. It was at least 2 years before that, and probably another 5 years before that. I have used cannabis sparingly in my lifetime. Regardless, I don’t consider it an item that should be subject to statute. It’s a plant.

Mr. L, if anyone knows about obession it has to be you. I am very surprised you failed to mention marijuana in any sentence you write.

Fair point…but if you add up the number of articles by me pertaining to marijuana legalization compared to Mr. Children’s pertaining to Bookmeyer. Would it be any contest? So Mr. Children’s obsession is accepted because he rags on a small time mayor, but my concern with people going to prison, and losing their lives because of a plant makes me a lunatic. Hmmm.

No offense to your article, but in it you state that “Truth be known he’s (Bookmeyer) not my favorite subject”. If that is true, then why do you write so much about him? It seems to border on obsession.

Another good article by Peter Children. I’m glad that you have thick skin, to be able to take the verbal beating that some give you. Some of the people that add comments on here, (possibly including me) don’t have the ability to express themselves so eloquently as you do, but I at least proof read my comments before I submit. Also, I’d bet that there are alot of people that really don’t know whats going on in this town, but they sure can complain when it doesn’t go their way. There’s no personal responsibility any more, it’s a give me country while they set back and wonder, why me, when it’s almost to late. Good luck in the coming year, I’ll be waiting to read your articles with an open mind…

I think we can all see why Bookmeyer does not have a real job. He is not a leader in any way shape or form. Bookmeyer has done nothing to bring this community together during his term if anything he has divided it.

All the way with pete on this one !!!!

Another hack job by Peter Children…

Go get him Peter, but look out for his buddy Kuhn.

Now that would be an interesting conversation.

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