We all, at one time in our lives, think that we are the smartest person on the planet. Luckily, as we grow older, we find out that we are not that person, and that other people have brains and are at some times, smarter than we are. From this, we learn to compromise and from there, we continue to grow in a healthy way that benefits all of us.
It seems that our Mayor Edwards does not have that or has not reached that growing experience yet. There are other active brains on our town council and in the public at large, that he was elected to serve.
I was on the Parks and Recreation Board for more than eight years and chairman of that board for the major part of those years. I left the board in 2004. Back as far as the late 1990s and into the early 2000s, the Parks and Recreation Board was basically a stepchild to the Town of Payson, as there was never enough money to go to all the needed departments and the Parks and Recreation Department was at the very bottom of the list. Impact fees were implemented and things changed for the Parks and Recreation Department.
All of this aside, we as a board, in the late '90s and '00s, had many lengthy meetings and discussions about the YMCA, and we all spent a lot of time studying and researching the YMCA and our need in Payson for such a program.
When you listen to Mayor Edwards, he tries to make it sound like all of this developed over the last few months -- wrong, mayor.
During my time on the Parks and Recreation Board, many of the people who are now on the council were on the board. And I am amazed and shocked when Edwards starts his bullying tactics that they do not stand up to him and say something. Tim Fruth and John Wilson were on the board, why are you mute now? You were in favor of the YMCA then.
Two more of my old board members, who are vocal and stand up to Edwards are Su Connell and the now YMCA advocate, Bill Ensign. It is warming to see people stand up to Edwards.
Maybe if we let him think that the YMCA is his idea, he will stop his bullying tactics. It gets very tiresome watching him bully his way around, on TV, every meeting.
I think it is time for a change and thankfully we do have an election coming soon. I, for one, will be backing our new candidate for mayor.