The first meeting with our new City Council was an ugly one. By dismissing the Pleasant Ridge Task Force, Mayor Hall wasted no time in serving notice to PR residents that they are unwelcome in the city. His brutal treatment of Josh Craven, president of the Pleasant Ridge Neighborhood Assoc., was met with cheers by his numerous supporters in attendance. They should hang their head in shame.
I know only one member of the Council, Tina Barnes, and she has my utmost respect. Many of my friends know Councilmen Brian Hester and Ben Ledbetter, and they assure me that they are good, moral people, capable of independent thought. If so, they must have been embarrassed to sit there while Hall tore into Craven. I only wish they had spoken up and disassociated themselves with the mayor’s crude behavior. It won’t be the last time they witness this.
We're off to a horrible start. But maybe, just maybe, the new Council members will quickly adjust to their role as representatives of ALL CITIZENS, regardless of their address or their political affiliations.