Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00
After reading Ms. Judith Maher Frederic’s letter to the editor that appeared in the June 4 Glen Cove Record Pilot, it was difficult to decide whether it was compassion for the insufficient effort at reasoning with faulty premises and non sequitur arguments that one should feel, or contempt for the pedestrian attempt at camouflaging malicious misinterpretations with the silly and trite “head scratching” expedient as an introduction.
1.In a world without malice, when Councilman Gallo proposed more transparency of processes available to the public, this would have been applauded and would confirm the quality of character that we elected him for and that keeps on shining;
not as an abdication of duty (seeing the posting of the warrants on the city’s website, if I may add, is certainly one well-received result of such duty).
Pathology, as anyone can guess, can create reasons for scorn even for the highest moral standards.
2.Concerning the reprimand for his not being a “team player” one could easily and rightly translate that term in “independence of judgment” instead of the easy compliance into a “line up” which is what the previous administration was often blamed for. A look at our Constitution would clarify that governing is not a sport; it’s serious business. It’s the business of carrying out a fiduciary responsibility to the people, even at the cost of being mocked by the partisans of the minimum effort and self-serving opportunism.
So, there is a problem now with promoting transparent government and independent thinking? Weren’t those the policies so strongly proposed and endorsed by the new administration?
I would like to suggest to Ms. Judith Maher Frederic that an effort in being clear about her own motives and a more disciplined, linear thinking, would prevent her in the future from writing editorials that read too much like third-rate smear journalism.