Our Opinion: Adult in the room
We hate to admit it, but we were wrong.
Just about two years ago, we did endorsements for commissioner. We endorsed Jeff Eggleston and Cindy Morrison as candidates.
After what has transpired over the past 10 days, we couldn’t have been more wrong.
Can we get a do-over?
And endorse no one?
In all seriousness, with everything that has been said over the past days and months, we realize — like in every situation in life — somewhere in the middle is reality.
Somewhere between Jeff’s story and Cindy’s story is reality.
Maybe there is a commissioner occupying that middle.
Fellow Commissioner Ben Kafferlin is being lumped in with Jeff by Cindy. Just because Ben and Jeff (Republican and Democrat) are working together to try to Make Warren County Great Again (is that trademarked?), it doesn’t mean they’re in cahoots. Just because he’s not siding with Republican Cindy Morrison over every decision, does not make him a bleeding-heart liberal.
Ben has quite possibly made Jeff a political ally to get things done.
Warren County’s own Odd Couple.
There is no secret room or secret meetings between Ben and Jeff trying to keep information away from Commissioner Morrison.
Cindy, you summed it up better than anyone else in your press release last week; “I might add that my hours working would be far more efficient if my colleagues would share information.”
If you want to be included, get to the office.
We’re confident that if we could force Mr. Kafferlin to sit with us to discuss any allegations levied against him, he could easily refute most, if not all.
Mr. Eggleston, a “Cindy Tracker?” REALLY? Grow up. We’re giving you the benefit of the doubt that you’re throwing yourself on the proverbial sword to try and move county business forward. But how you’ve handled this situation is less than favorable. You’ve come across as a bully and childish.
Commissioner Eggleston could have hung his hat for this move simply on the last union negotiations, and Commissioner Morrison only being at those meetings for a total of 15 minutes. Leading those negotiations is the duty of the chair.
Cindy does have a right, in our opinion, to conduct business however she wants, as long as she’s moving the county forward.
On the other hand, we don’t have to vouch for her or any commissioner.
We just have to expect that things will get done, and get done in a professional manner.
This group of commissioners has two years — two years to quiet the naysayers, and judging by social media in the past week, there are many.
We wish this group the best of luck.
Through this mess, it seems like, at 28 years of age, Commissioner Kafferlin has been the only adult in the room.
We hope this changes, in a hurry.
In a Sept. 15 editorial on page 4 of the Times Observer, “Adult in the room,” part of a written statement provided by Commissioner Cindy Morrison was incorrectly published as “… I might add that my house working would be far more efficient if my colleagues would share information.” “House” working should have read “hours” working. Commissioner Morrison’s statement, in context, is published below:
“As a public servant, quantifying workweek hours varies from week to week; you are never really off the clock. For me, being involved and accountable to the position is a 24/7 responsibility,” she told the Times Observer. “My business and personal information is readily available and my home phone number is listed in the phone book. I am willing to take calls or meet with constituents on any given day. I can be reached on my cell phone, by email, from the county website, Facebook, and regular mail. I have an open door policy and am always available. I might add that my hours working would be far more efficient if my colleagues would share information.”