The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 14, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Friday, June 14, 2013

Beckley Council acting like turkeys?

 A few years ago I had the opportunity to spring gobbler hunt. As luck would have it, I had five gobblers come in to my call. They came up the ridge single file with the big one, “The Boss,” in the lead. When they were within range, I took my shot at that Boss gobbler and knocked him down.

What happened next was a complete surprise. I expected the rest of the birds to take off, but they did not. Instead, they began jumping on the one that was down, stomping and pecking at him. Then, I moved and they did take off.

I found out later that it was a natural reaction for them to try to take over his position as the dominant bird.

I must say that the actions by some on the Beckley Common Council remind me of those turkeys.

They are eager to try to kick someone when they are down and just like those turkeys, their actions are both self-serving and will accomplish absolutely nothing of any real value.

What they should focus on is how best to select an interim mayor to serve until the next election and what the process should be to accomplish that.

They should also be working with Mayor Pugh to finish up the tasks that he is so closely involved with for the good of the city.

Pursuing a course of action to try to force him from office now is obviously ill-advised and a waste of both time and the taxpayers’ money.

My hope is that they will recognize this and work with the mayor to not only accomplish as much as possible during the last few months of his tenure, but also use the time to come up with a well-thought-out plan for getting us through this transition so that we keep Beckley moving forward. I can assure you that if they persist with this petty nonsense, I will not ever cast another vote for them no matter what they are running for.

 Michael W. Darby