South Whidbey Record


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | If possible, keep our great mayor

January 9, 2013 · Updated 2:16 PM

To the editor:

It is interesting to see the variety of responses surrounding the mayor of Langley. Some are judgmental and self-righteous. Some are thoughtful yet bowing to momentum. Others are saddened over a breach of trust. All are expecting a perfect person to be in office.

When is the last time I saw a perfect person? I don’t think ever.

There are sins of commission and sins of omission. It is easy to see sins of commission. Sins of omission are harder since they blend into the realm of, in this case, bureaucratic operations. Most people have many sins of omission.

Enter someone of unusual ability to get things done. Someone who has vision and inspires employees to greater heights. Someone who has an aversion to over-bureaucracy. Someone who would not hurt a flea. Someone who will take a stand. Someone who couldn’t be accused of sins of omission and bureaucratic stagnation. Langley could use this set of traits.

When people move great energy what isn’t perfect can also come out. In this case I think the imperfection is relatively minor, but a big deal is being made out of it.

One often hears the statement, “Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water.” Is that what we want to do in this situation?

If the mayor cannot legally remain in office, then such is the case. If this is not the case, then we could consider it lessons learned and continue on with a great man.

Hunter Black


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