In her very intemperate (guest comment) in the Feb. 4 issue of the Roundup, Shirley Snyder charges that the people of Payson are "effectively giving the council carte blanche to do whatever they please and wield unprecedented power over the running of this town."
Gee whiz! Silly me! When I voted in town elections over the years, I thought I was helping select the people who would govern our town, and I accepted the results of those elections even when they were not what I would have preferred, which was most of the time.
It was so disillusioning to learn from Ms. Snyder that the entire town election process is a silly charade, and that our elected officials are simply ceremonial figures like members of the British royal family, with governing power vested in a passel of unelected town bureaucrats.
Snyder and those who believe as she does, apparently, would have us regard our town's department heads as demigods who do not have to answer to mere mortals, and should have the divine right to hold their positions for as long as they choose and then pass them on to a son or daughter. Sorry, but neither I nor any intelligent person I know would ever worship any creature that has an excretory function.
A number of your correspondents tell us that now is "not the right time" to consider doing away with the super majority required to get rid of a town bureaucrat. Well, the provision of the town code is a God-awful abomination, and a foul stench in the nostrils of all fair-minded citizens of Payson. The sooner it's removed, the better. If the town council, as currently organized, is so dominated by special interests that it cannot put together a four-member majority to make that change, it truly will deserve to be regarded with the utmost contempt.
If a particular town department head does not have the confidence of four members of the town council, it should be "hit the road, Jack" time for him or her. His or her supporters can attempt to get their revenge at the next election. It's the American way and, on the whole, it has served all of us quite well indeed.
Otis M. Trimble, Payson