The mayor turned the council meeting into a theater
In retaliation for gossip, the mayor and her lawyer overshadowed a council meeting. Why? She explained that it was to protect democracy and encourage future candidates for office.
Noble! As a special heroine – the “people’s choice” – she arouses anti-establishment sympathy. I think it’s scary – shameful for the citizens who expect business to be conducted, not theater. Yet there is more.
The town’s “heroine” secured the services of a lawyer who played a vital role in the interest group that attacked Councilor Fogle’s candidacy for mayor in the last election. Remember their flyer and their pencil description of their target like an octopus. Remember how they were rightfully subjected to the city’s scrutiny of hidden campaign contributions. This lawyer then mocked our city clerk, doing his best to serve us.
More recently, this is the same lawyer whose sponsorship enabled the formation of another interest group with a petition to remove Councilor Overcash.
Of course, by law, the “heroine” cannot associate with pencil interest groups. But what does it look like? Hmm.
For comparison, consider Rudy Guiliani and his thin-skinned client who sought to subject speech to authority.
Please don’t interpret my remarks as a defense of Advisor Fogle or gossip. I write once again about a mayor who, in my opinion, has been unable to lead with grace and tact from the start.
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Council members should remember that they represent the city
People and businesses looking to invest in Loveland see city council as one aspect of their due diligence. Whether they are considering relocating their business or wanting to open a branch in our city, this is part of how they judge the acceptability of our community.
Unproductive plays, thoughtless arguments and clearly politically motivated decisions are very harmful. Our city staff can work diligently to present Loveland as a great place to do business, and all of that work can be wasted because of a childish moment at a council meeting.
As a member of Loveland City Council, you represent our city to a much larger audience than just local residents. Please remember this and behave accordingly.
Land of love
Loveland Orchestra inspired me
In an article on the importance of live music for children, the following points are made at https://www.nymetroparents.com/:
• “Music concerts are opportunities for children to experience and be inspired by the magic of the music playing in front of them. … Seeing and hearing real people create beautiful sounds is inspiring, uplifting and magical.
• “Active listening means children are focused and engaged in the music, listening to the lyrics and instrumental passages, singing and dancing when appropriate, and letting their imaginations get carried away by the music. “
I was recently inspired by the Loveland Symphony Orchestra’s free outdoor concert at Foundry Plaza. The selection of audience favorites from various musical genres was amazing. The orchestra played for almost three hours with a few very short pauses. The audience was made up of people of all ages enjoying a beautiful summer evening of beautiful music surrounded by the ambiance of the Foundry Plaza.
As a retired early childhood educator, it was my pleasure to see children spontaneously stand up, clap to the beat of the music, whirl with their arms outstretched, fully absorbed in the musical experience.
Thank you, Loveland Orchestra, for giving families the opportunity to expose their children to real musicians playing real instruments in an uninhibiting atmosphere where every member of the audience could react to what was going on inside. Thank you, conductor Luciano R. Silvestri Jr., for the way you welcomed and encouraged the children to participate by holding a baton and directing for the musicians.
Hope the orchestra is already scheduled for a rehearsal next summer – at the Foundry, Chapungu Sculpture Park, Foote Lagoon, or anywhere the whole Loveland community can join in and enjoy music from a such caliber.
Teacher at Loveland Preschool, Inc.
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Overcash cannot take credit for affordable housing
If you want to steal the spotlight from someone, it’s a good idea to have the right name. Nowhere in Don Overcash’s thinly disguised August 19 campaign ad, billed as a letter to the editor, did he mention Loveland Housing Authority in reference to partner entities. He mentioned something he called Loveland Affordable Housing, a non-existent entity and maybe he meant Loveland Housing Authority, the non-profit organization responsible for housing hundreds of Lovelanders. Come on, Don, if you want to try and take credit for other people’s accomplishments, at least pick the right name.
Our mayor and city council members who voted to support the enormous work of the Loveland Housing Authority are to be congratulated, but trying to take credit for their accomplishments as your letter suggests is misleading.
LHA has provided affordable housing to the community of Loveland long before you became a council member or launched your campaign for mayor. Supporting affordable housing is a given, and honestly, what kind of public servant would you be if you weren’t addressing such a critical and growing need? The reason it was easy for the council to support the construction of The Edge, Mirasol, the renovation of Meadows and Brookstone, The Green House Homes and the launch of Grace Gardens and so many other projects was not because that you and Leah Johnson have decided that housing should be a priority in 2015, but because LHA consistently, historically and predictably presents strong and winnable projects.
Check your facts, Mr. Overcash, and check your pride at the bedroom door.
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Difficult to understand those who don’t want to work
I saw a recent article on Elon Musk and how he works on a humanoid robot to do repetitive and mundane work. Looks like he’s on to something. With more and more policymakers supporting universal basic income for those who don’t want to work, the time is right, I guess. It was an old political joke that by stealing Peter to pay Paul, you would still have Paul’s vote, it’s no longer funny.
A young acquaintance recently admitted to her family that she was unwilling to work for a job that starts in the $ 12 to $ 14 an hour range. I guess I’m too old, because this attitude is hard for me to understand; too proud to work for that salary, but not to proudly mop up family and friends as a way of life?
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