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What happened to peaceful transitions?

Posted Wednesday, January 5, 2011, at 10:44 AM

In America we regularly have these peaceful transitions of power from one elected official to the next. I hear that phrase frequently during the transitions from one U.S. President to the next on the national level, also when the balance changes in Congress.

It's also the way we do things on the state level, and on down to county and local levels.

Despite the fact that our transitions do not come with a violent physical overthrow but by the ballot box, it doesn't always feel exactly peaceful.

The latest transition in our county seems to have been a bit bumpy.

The Presidential transition between Clinton and Bush was bumpy too, at least that's what was reported in the media. Of course, one side said one thing and the other said another and I'm not sure they ever did determine who was right. Somebody probably studied the matter and issued a report.

At one point when the fingers were pointing back and forth, the White House press secretary was quoted as saying when the Bush administration moved in, the letter "W" had been removed from the keyboards of around 100 computers in the White House and adjacent office buildings.

They also claimed a lot of other damage had been done, but I thought the most creative act was stealing all those "W" keys.

Whether it happened it or not, it's sure to go down in history as a cute urban legend.

But back on the county level, bumpy rides are not so cute. People get hurt.

It's just my opinion, but I think it would be nice if many of our current elected positions were filled by people who have the knowledge, training, skill and experience to do the job rather than their politics.

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Regardless of whether is is of politcal or an on the job experience, there is jealousy, hateful attitudes and a sense of loss involved. No matter who you are or what you are there is time to realize that to better an organization or company is to teach a new emloyee the rights and wrongs of the job at hand. To do so only enhances your well being as a person as well as leadership qualities. I keep reading ideas of a right to work laws regarding Union Dues. As a Union Carpenter I attended Apprenticeship School taught by Experienced Carpenters for 4 years and worked on jobs with those same men that were my foremen, shop stewards and plain workers as myself. My Union Dues helped pay these teachers that taught school after normal working hours. I was represented by the shop stewards if problems arose and in most cases the problems solved with agreements between worker and employer without embarassment of the workere or employer. I had already helped my father, a carpenter build things around home and for friends, then as a professional worked for him as my boss on many jobs. One lesson we both learned was to watch more closely what your son does professionally and who they work with. I became a replacement foreman for 3 days at the recomendation of 5 teachers from school who taught me all they could, but as a father, dad failed to watch the progress I had made. Needless to say, in the 3 days as foreman, my crew poured more concrete, safely, properly and with the help of the 5 teachers, the entire crew, I learned much more by listening than speaking. The company made great strides because of peaceful transition from apprentice, professinal carpenter, to foreman and leader of a crew.

-- Posted by FranksPhotography on Sat, Jan 15, 2011, at 9:21 AM

Now to the assessors office! what in the world was Nancy Snellenburger thinking? did she not want re-elected. ever??? why would someone do that to even their worse enemy? but she did this to us, the tax payers! it is almost as if she is punishing us! she raised our assessment value, then mailed them and left... unbelievable! she sure lost alot of respect! I liked her before this! I voted for her!

-- Posted by lillymae on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 1:56 PM

If you were close to either party you would know how the current clerk was treated when she ran the last term and lost, there was alot of bitterness in that office and I believe she "fired" the bitterness, and those who weren't supportive of her... from what I have gathered... anyway, she obviously has faith in those that she has chose let us give her a chance. I know 3 of the people she fired and personally I don't blame her with 2, but the 3rd ?? I wish she would have gave her a chance to prove herself she could have used the advise from her and her knowledge of 10 years of work in the office probably could have been very helpful...

-- Posted by lillymae on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 1:52 PM

I also agree with you. I'm glad I am not there. But I wish good luck to those who are.

-- Posted by dempsey on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 12:28 PM

dempsy, I have no dog in this fight, as I am not close to any clerk's office employee, nor the incoming or outgoing clerk. I am also an Independent, and have no party affiliation except when forced to declare one, then it is Libertarian.

But how does anyone know

"certain employees are going to do everything they can to sabotage the office."?

Is the new clerk a mind reader? Does she have a crystal ball? How does anyone know what the dismissed employees would or would not have done? They should have been allowed to do their jobs, then if there were problems, address them. In my eyes, the new clerk comes off as having an itchy trigger finger, lack of leadership abilities, and an inability to put party affiliation aside.

If I have any concern in the issue, it is the qualifications of the new hires.

All in all, I know after reading the stories and all the accompanying comments that I am very glad that I don't work at the courthouse.

-- Posted by just sayin'... on Tue, Jan 11, 2011, at 10:06 AM

That being said, the eomployees need a chance to prove they are capable of doing their job.

-- Posted by ISUgrad06 on Wed, Jan 5, 2011, at 12:51 PM

I agree. But I also think we need to be realistic. You can't expect a new official to go in to do a good job, if certain employees are going to do everything they can to sabatoge the office. I think we need to be patient with the new officials. Give them a chance to prove that your electing them was a better move for the county then the same ole same ole.

-- Posted by dempsey on Wed, Jan 5, 2011, at 12:47 PM

Well said, Anna!

-- Posted by ISUgrad06 on Wed, Jan 5, 2011, at 10:49 AM

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Anna Rochelle is editor of the Greene County Daily World and can be reached on Facebook or by sending an email to indianarose@fastmail.us.