Nothing to fear if there’s nothing to hide
Tuesday’s (Aug. 27) page 1 headline claims recall gains steam. Page 2 is a paid ad for the recall. How ironic.
Roundup readers are led to believe that the recall movement is “gaining steam” because “the group has an office ...” and gathered “several sheets filled with 15 signatures per sheet.”
The Roundup claims the mayor appointed himself and two other council members to a review committee (but fails to mention that the committee will also include four citizen members as well).
Sure looks like some people, don’t want anybody looking closely at the town’s past deals.
There’s speculation and innuendo about sunshine violations by the new council majority, but somebody sure is going to a lot of trouble to keep the sun from shining on those past agreements.
Simple question: If those deals are without fault, who cares if the new mayor and council members snoop around? If there’s nothing to hide, there’s nothing to fear.
Spending thousands on a special election to shut down an investigation into past deals might benefit certain interested parties who made the deals, but what about Payson taxpayers?
There’s a scheduled election in 2020. What’s the rush? Aside from personalities, good ol’ boy politics, and firing a nicely compensated civil servant after 25 years of service, what are the complaints? New ideas? A different management style? Nobody but town staff should review town deals? Preferred vendors? Special interests? If there’s nothing to hide, open the books and let’s have a look.
Charlie Seraphin, Payson