Our Opinion: Be reasonable and responsible
Since no one stepped up Monday night and did the reasonable, rational thing during John Lewis’ call for a disciplinary hearing, we will.
A conflict of interest is “a situation in which a person is in a position to derive personal benefit from actions or decisions made in their official capacity.”
The home-rule charter also details what is described as a personal interest.
Due to the tragedy that struck Mr. Gilbert’s family, Lewis attempted to tie that tragedy to his claims of impropriety.
Sure Gilbert admitted that the tragedy impacted his vote. That’s reasonable and responsible.
Phil also stated that he looked and took into consideration safety data.
Then he made his decision.
Mr. Lewis, you lost. This is scorched-Earth politics. Warren deserves better.
But what is even more concerning to us is this: If anyone should have abstained from the vote, it’s you, Mr. Lewis — the man who owns a building less than a hundred yards away from the intersection.
If Mr. Gilbert has a conflict, (which we don’t think he does), so do you.
And potentially not just a personal one, but a financial one.
So, if Mr. Gilbert is going to sit through a disciplinary hearing, Mr. Lewis, you should, too.
What is good for the goose is good for the gander.
It’s time for the city, city council, and everyone involved to move on… There is no business to handle.
Sooner or later you have to decide to steer off the roundabout.