Your assessment of the City Council race is distorted and pathetic at best. Although the community sent a message loud and clear that they were not in agreement with Jeffs tenacious position to preserve the integrity of a Residential A neighborhoods, the message was well received. That is what politics is all about. It is impossible to make everyone happy. However, all we can hope for is to have a city leader who will stand by his own values and convictions even it has cost him his City Council seat.
If Jeff had to lose his seat in order to save Residential A homes from becoming boarding homes, so be it. Im sure Mr. Jennings can appreciate that since he lives in that neighborhood. In addition, Jeff is 44, not 46, and will take a well-deserved break from city government. He has plenty of time to still offer his leadership later.
Your persistent obsession with Ms. Courvieau not having her contract renewed by the council is now a thing of the past and you simply need to get over it. Truth be said, her destructive micromanaging ways along with her pathological distortion of the City Councils directives were for many years frustrating for all those who dealt with her on a daily basis, as a opposed to your personal relationship with her, which has skewed your views of her true behavior. The City Council did a phenomenal job in bringing Sharon Addison to Watertown, who is an over-qualified city manager and has brought a breath of fresh air to daily functions of city government and does not have a hidden agenda.
Anybody who puts himself or herself out there as a City Council candidate should be commended; it is not an easy job. However, I would question the veracity of the kudos you have extended to some of the candidates and question, Would Mr. Johnson hire under-qualified people to run his newspaper corporation?
The City Council manages a more than $50 million yearly budget. I would think that the people of Watertown along with the intellectual busybodies would at the very minimum expect the best qualified candidates to be make decisions on the financial livelihood of our community.
Lastly, Mr. Editor, may I remind you that Jeff is leaving office and nobody can argue, even yourself, that Jeffs leadership along with his co-council members have brought the city into a much better position than it was 12 years ago. And whether you like Jeff or not, that is the truth!
Moving forward, we will see how much of the newcomers campaign platform is actually going to be executed in the next four years, or are we to be concerned with the possibility of him being a pawn for your camouflaged efforts to running the city. Facetiously, the most disturbing thing about Jeff losing this election is that he will certainly miss being hounded by the sponging dog park guy.
Milly C. Smith
The author is the wife of Councilman Jeffrey M. Smith.