Council deserves respect for tough decisions they make

| September 16, 2020 1:00 AM

I’m writing in regards to the Whitefish City Council meeting held last Sept 8. During the meeting an emergency ordinance was considered prohibiting organized gatherings and demonstrations from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

When brought to a public discussion a person who would not give their full name or any address stood at the podium and began their comments by calling the mayor and city council dishonorable. They went on to say the council and mayor had no integrity, no honor, no respect for the citizens of Whitefish. They said that we the people pay the council’s salaries and yet the council does not represent us fairly. Wrong, they are not paid a dime.

The Mayor and Council have had to deal with issues unthinkable five or 10 years ago. Increasingly they have had to listen to ranting, often impolite voices accusing them of taking away citizen’s rights, forcing rules down their throats, etc. So when I watch someone come before them and call them dishonorable (and this before they’ve even voted on the resolution, which was not adopted) I am saddened, angry and appalled that the mayor and council should endure such utter disrespect.

The Council and Mayor need to know that most people in our community appreciate their service and dedication. Agree with their decisions or not, these are some of the most honorable people I know and we are fortunate that they care enough about Whitefish to serve as they do.

Chris Crumal, Whitefish