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We all need to treat each other with respect

August 23, 2013
The Alpena News

The last few months have been by trying for everyone. Emotions are running high and came to a head this past Monday night at the City Commission meeting. No one is to blame for the events that occurred; both sides were feeling the pressure and the stress.

It is time to step back and let everyone calm down and reflect on what is best for this community and not dwell on the personal side of this issue. This is about this community and what we can do to make it better. It is up to each and every one of us to form our own opinions and in November cast a vote that will move this City forward and put the last few months behind us.

I was at that meeting and for those of you who trust me and know me, I will say that at no time, in my opinion, was there any threat to anyone of physical harm or worse. I would not let that happen even now as a civilian. The meeting was disrupted and a couple of audience members and a City Commissioner were out of line, however, I do have to commend Mayor Gary Wreggsesworth for bringing the meeting back under control with the recess. I personally did not believe calling in law enforcement was necessary and was an overreaction to the situation.

In the future, everyone needs to understand that the City Commission still has a job to do and the format that they meet under needs to be respected, no matter what your opinion is. We need to respect them and when someone addresses the Commission should do it with respect.

James Gibson




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