Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


November 14, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Editorial draws sharp criticism

In response to the Nov. 10 editorial offering advice to the new city manager, I couldn't disagree with you more. I have worked under both systems of government and believe you are confused as to the role of a city manager.

It sounds like the paper would pay Mr. Bitter $110,000 a year plus a $500 a month vehicle allowance then tell him not to express any opinions or utilize the education and talents which were the reason for his initial hiring.

Retract that ridiculous rubbish. Wish Mr. Bitter well, and tell him to both manage and lead. Perhaps you should tell the elected officials to get out of his way and let him do the job they selected him to perform. This also goes for department heads. Perhaps it is time to move outside your philosophical comfort zone in order to improve our city.

Not to insult our city commission, but part-time politicians exist due to voter popularity, not based on their talent or expertise in moving Ashland forward. That’s why we hire a city manager. City commissioners did their job and selected the best candidate. Mr. Bitter must now move the city forward. I hope and pray for his success.

Perhaps Mr. (Bill) Fisher (former city manager) wasn’t all that good. Doing nothing may increase a city manager’s job longevity but it won’t benefit the city of Ashland.

Please encourage Mr. Bitter to use his education, knowledge and ability. Ashland is in decline and no matter how much we want to hold onto the past, the future requires change and vision. If I were Mr. Bitter and read your editorial, I would have serious concern as to the type of regressive, backwards focused city that employed me.

The editorial embarrassed both the city and The Independent.

 Mike Wilson, Ashland

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