Monday, December 27, 2010

Silas' Bitterness was Corrosive

“Growth in wisdom may be exactly measured by decrease in bitterness” - Friedrich Nietzsche

It was with great disgust and disappointment that the Fire Starter read Monica Silas' comments at her last Village Board meeting and her comments in the Press yesterday.  Her personal attacks at the Board meeting would have gotten others "gavelled out" as out of order and in violation of the Village Board's "decorum policy".  But alas, such rules are for the "little people".  King Dennis and his court need not observe any rule they impose upon everyone else.

Silas is obviously taking her electoral loss hard.  She now has to return to her menial, dead end job and face the fact that she is merely a small and bitter person with neither status nor power.  She could not even graciously congratulate her replacement, Greg Deemie.  Instead, her bitterness shined through and suggested that Greg would see things her way once he was on the "inside".  This statement was most striking since it was this attitude that got her ousted.

Silas made a series of unsubstantiated and baseless charges against the Johnson City Fire Fighters.  The absurdity of her charges is so patent, we will not spend time addressing them.  However, we will make one observation.  Silas was obviously kicked by some "rogue fire fighter as a child".  Nothing else would explain her unbridled and irrational vitriol.

What is most shocking is the complete lack of insight Silas showed regarding the attitude of Village residents.  She has spent so much time in the echo chamber with Hannon, Balles, Sullivan and their like, that she believes her own nonsense.  Even with having been thoroughly rebuffed by Village residents, she seems to take this as ignorance on the part of Village residents rather than a rejection of her negative and destructive politics.  Such arrogance is staggering.

We have observed before that it is much easier to tear down than to build up.  Silas has proven this over the past two years.  In the last two years, Hannon, Silas, Balles have torn apart the police and fire departments.  Solid carreer professionals have been chased away and replaced with "yes men" politicians.  With the foundations dug out from under them, these departments tilt precariously on the brink.

There is still time to save the Village from the corrosive negativity of the past several years.  It is up to all of us to attend Board meetings and speak out against Hannon's destructive policies.  We must insist on proactive rather than destructive.  Economic development rather than systematic dismantling.  And we must insist on genuine cooperation instead of the unproductive muscle flexing power trips which have become the hallmark of the "Hannon Years".

We are all responsible for the future.  Silas' defeat was a good start.  There is still much work to do.

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