Friday, May 5, 2017
Lake Worth citizen responds to Public Commentary discussion at Tuesday night's meeting
I do not want to go back to the "bad old" days of public comment at the end of the meeting.Tired, frustrated citizens, sometimes with little kids asleep in their laps, routinely had to wait past midnight to be able to speak to their elected representatives in a public forum. That was used as a weapon to get people to just give up and go home.
Your main job is to LISTEN to and REPRESENT the citizens of Lake Worth. Yes you do have to carry out the business of the city. But may I remind you that we people who put you up on that dais in the first place ARE THE CITY? By symbolically wanting to shove the people of Lake Worth to the back of the bus, you are really letting us all know just what you think of us.
And as far as you electeds getting to reply to our comments, please just don't! Your job is to listen and then politely say "thank you" for your comments. Next, call us the next day or hook up the appropriate city employee to talk to us.
Do you know how many times I've had to sit there and listen to Commissioners totally disrespect a person who had the nerve to say something they don't like? And the citizen has to sit there and basically shut up as they are being berated and misrepresented? No thank you!
I can't believe it, but I totally agree with Peggy Fisher's comments at the last meeting.
Bottom line, Mayor- We are your bosses. We are the reason there even is a meeting. We are the reason that you and the employees of this city get a paycheck and benefits. Guess just who is the most important thing in those city meetings, Mayor Triolo? Just a hint, it's not you.