Panem et Circenses
I would rather be able to report that serious governance is taking place, not bread and circuses.
All over the nation, cities are tightening up their operations and making every taxpayer penny count. Friday's recitation of quotidien "accomplishments" instead of a succinct address on the state of the city was not heartening. Nor was the lack of a strong team at the top. Even small things like getting correct appointments to boards and commissions was apparently too much to expect.
The administration must do better for the governing body and for the public. Late, incomplete or wrong information is a disservice to the City Council at any time, but cannot be tolerated in 2010.
There was a wryly funny cartoon in The New Yorker recently, depicting a can of worms. Another worm was wriggling over, exclaiming, "Par-tay!" Kinda made me think about perceptions.
Let us hope that within the first quarter of 2010 the executive branch will be fully staffed with seasoned, dedicated officials who will put good government first. The legislative branch, led by City Council President Annie McWilliams, has already vowed to put "Plainfield First." The two branches must be able to agree on, and produce, the best stewardship of city resources and to carry out the best interest of city residents over the next four years.