The WDT has taken one incident and done some extrapolation about the conduct of city employees to the public. In an editorial, the Gray Old Lady of Watertown opines City Hall must mend its ways.
It's the eternal struggle. We are a nation of rules and laws versus reasonableness and common ground.
One of the roles of the elected official is to intercede on behalf of constituents and cut through the bureaucracy which is often all too willing to fall back on stricture. However, a blanket indictment based on an incident hardly defines the whole government.
There are many instances of kindness or helpfulness. When in office I often tried to use this site to highlight such things, as such things are not often chronicled elsewhere.
I run into the same thing in business. Sometimes we have to say no to people or reign them in and sometimes staff misfires in their dealings, and you just keep trying to do better.
In enforcing the rules of society, people expect due process and you can't always know who's a nice guy you can just give a call to. I agree ham handedness occurs on occasion.
There is also the frustration of laws only enforced on a complaint basis.
Jake's fence was a good example of differing opinions. Some thought it a waste of time and money to come down on a situation that was no real harm to society. Others say the law is the law and no one is above the law, by God.
The challenge when in a position of authority is knowing when to go to the mat and when you just swallow your pride and let someone feel they prevailed.
I do it everyday, and usually get it right...But not always.
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