Time has stood still

I attended the Town Hall Meeting Saturday to discuss the upcoming audit. I had previously written about getting a mediator to act as a go-between the mayor and this man. Well, we got to see first hand bickering between these two. Mayor Clason left thinking no one likes her and everyone is against her. Wrong—I like her and I think she deserves more respect than she received. And I apologize. 
Can this man be pleased? I don't know. I do know they did not convince me that we need another audit. Almost everything that was mentioned was things that happened in the past. They're still talking Eldridge; forget the past and let's move on. We need to change city government and return appointment of the mayor to the voters. Get rid of this good 'ole buddy system that we have now. Is Mayor Clason a good mayor? I do not think so. But, I do think she could be. It took a lot of nerve to attend this meeting. I believe she is a good mayor if time stood still. This is not 1960. It's 2017. 
It was mentioned: how do we get young people involved? Here's an idea: go to the high school and ask them. We could have outdoor concerts at Nichols Park this summer (free concerts) to showcase local talent. I'll bet every church in Henryetta has at least one person they are proud of. It was not mentioned that the city bought land they had previously buried. Every city buries things. I have personally seen Tulsa bury complete houses. Should they have purchased this land? I don't know. But, I do know they should be purchasing land next to HWY 75 and HWY 40. A truck stop was currently built in Okmulgee. That truck stop should have been built here at the crossroads. Ask the City of Broken Arrow how they convinced Bass Pro Shops to build there. They originally wanted to build in Tulsa. Call me and I will tell you how the city seems content with what we have now. Don't they realize the more businesses, the greater tax base? But if you want things to stay the same, then time really has stood still.
Wendell Berry (great American poet) said it best when describing the perils of bowing at the altar of conformity. Your mind will be punched in a card and put away in a little drawer. When they want you to buy something, they will call you. When they want you to die for profit, they will let you know. So from each day to something that won't compute. The great obstacle is simply this: the conviction that we cannot change because we are dependent on what is wrong. But that is the addicts’ excuse and we know that it will not do so.

Jerry Brown
Henryetta, OK

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