Monday, December 05, 2011
Northampton County Council To Lose 37 Years of Exerience
Council Prez. John Cusick is a full-time school teacher and has no time for the many occasions in which Council presidents are expected to be present during the day, for meetings with other officials and on intergovernmental committees. Lamont McClure, an asbestos lawyer, is distinguished only by his poor attendance at Council meetings.
Bruce Gilbert, Barb Thierry and Tom Dietrich have only 2 years of experience. Gilbert has been increasingly disengaged since being rejected as Fiscal Affairs Director. Dietrich, like an empty can, talks incessantly, saying nothing. He then complains to newspapers for not quoting him. Barb Thierry, a decent woman, seems so disgusted by the dirty world of politics that I wonder whether she'll seek a second term.
Peg Ferraro, the only Council member left with any experience, is unwilling to make the tough decisions needed by a leader, and stained her reputation among Northampton County Republicans when she stabbed Ron Angle in the back over the Council presidency, just so she could get ahead.
The new crowd will be congenial enough ... at least on the surface. In the name of civility, we will soon return to 20-minute meetings. But nothing will get done, as Democrats lay the groundwork for the return of Reibman-style government.
We get the government we deserve.