Recently, charges of cronyism were leveled at Wichita’s mayor and certain city council members. Webster defines “crony” as “an intimate friend, a chum”.
Have city officials been favoring their chums with special treatment? Should they recuse themselves from discussions and voting when some item impacts someone they know?
Long-time civic volunteer Rod Stewart criticized the critics in a recent op-ed piece in the Wichita Eagle. Stewart wrote that in his many years working with the city he’s never seen anything that might be considered “scandal” or “cronyism”. Stewart says every citizen has a right to share his or her opinions, but he doesn’t care for the “constant carping” of groups and individuals who always seem to be against everything City hall tries to do.
I always say Wichita is the biggest small town in America. In five minutes’ conversation, I can find some personal connection with a Wichitan I’ve never met. It’s part of Wichita’s charm. But it also means our elected officials’ decisions often impact friends and acquaintances.
Our thought for today is from Elbert Hubbard:
“Never explain – your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.”