On more than one occasion, Huber Heights Mayor has accused the media, which I assume includes this newspaper, of looking to write news stories that paint the city in a bad light.
While I can’t speak for other news outlets, I take issue with that characterization.
In fact, I intentionally devote a great deal of space in this newspaper to telling the good news of what’s happening in Huber Heights. That includes academic achievements in the schools, scholarship winners, athletic endeavors, and even a 100th birthday celebration a few weeks ago.
That’s part of what makes a community newspaper what it is.
But being a community newspaper doesn’t mean that I look the other way when the elected politicians in the community prefer to act like children instead of grown adults.
Every week there is some new drama going on with the Huber Heights City Council. One week its accusations of sexism and racism, the next week someone misplaces a document and half the council jumps to the conclusion it was stolen despite the fact that the document missing is easily reproducible and can’t possibly have any value.
With that being said, the city apparently needs to come up with guidelines on access to and protection of the documents in its possession. Those documents belong to the citizens of Huber Heights and are an invaluable tool in keeping watch on what your elected government, and those they appoint are doing. I believe the city takes its fiduciary duty to preserve documents seriously but may lack some policies and procedures necessary to adequately do so.
That should be looked at and corrected if necessary.
As for negative headlines – elected officials shouldn’t try to put the responsibility for negative headlines on the news media. If members of the Huber Heights City Council weren’t acting in ways that generate negative headlines, they wouldn’t be happening. If members of the community weren’t trying to recall the Mayor and have intentions to recall at least one other member of council, there would be no negative headlines.
Frankly, I find the political culture in your city sad, petty, and a perfect example of why the public generally detests politicians. Council members should stop their political grandstanding, stop all the tit for tat on Facebook, and stop the endless posturing that turns council meetings into a torturous five hour nightmare instead of informative meetings where the public’s work is done.
Is that too much to ask? We shall see.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 684-8983 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.