“Hostile” and “violence” are strong words and look very good when you can use them against someone in a political context, but let’s be accurate here. (News-Times, July 18, “Brewer judged ‘intimidating’ in meeting incident.”)
Being upset or angry when common courtesies are ignored is a relatively normal reaction. When you are a participating member of a political body attempting to make your own valid point after politely listening to other members make their points, and you are repeatedly interrupted, shouldn’t the group chairwoman (mayor) bring order to the process rather than allowing it to become a situation where members feel the need to defend themselves via stern rebuttal?
How much money was spent by the city to investigate this incident of anger, anger due to the childish interruptions of others, anger due to the political process ignored, anger that anyone could understand without an investigation.
We as citizens should be angry, angry that more questions aren’t raised at city council meetings and angry that more isn’t accomplished. I for one support Paul Brewer and know him to be an honorable man who has served his country and his city selflessly. As a Master Chief Petty Officer in the United State Navy Paul Brewer knew a thing or two about being intimidating and believe me if he had intended to intimidate, an investigation would not have been necessary, but that has never been Paul’s mode of operation. He has always been a lead by example and would make an outstanding mayor.
Now let’s have a substantive mayor’s race and address real issues.
Robert E. Clark