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Harrah, Franklin did a lot for BloomfieldPosted Thursday, July 19, 2007, at 8:58 AM
The recent unravelings in the Bloomfield town government -- with the sudden resignation of Police Commissioner Tom Franklin and the decision by Town Council President Eric Harrah not to seek re-election for another term -- leaves me amazed, confused and wondering who will be next?
Both were bullied into their actions.
Who can blame them?
Enough is enough.
After both of their respective announcements, they each talked about their families and wanting to protect and spare them any more ridicule, embarrassment or downright harassment.
Who can question that logic?
Have I always agreed with every decision that Tom Franklin and Eric Harrah made while serving in office? Certainly not. But when we had our disagreements, we didn't let it get personal. We worked it out.
In the process, I developed a respect for both of them. I appreciate what they have done in the Bloomfield community and everybody who lives in that community ought to share that view if they want to get real honest. Both of these guys are unquestioned community leaders and no one can deny that.
Eric Harrah worked countless hours -- many times behind the scenes out of the limelight -- donating his time and money to make Bloomfield a better place to live and work. He's lived there all his life and has helped nurture and grow a hometown business that has served and provided jobs in the community for more than 100 years.
Tom Franklin served the Greene County community for more than two decades as a law enforcement officer, county sheriff and county clerk of the courts.
In the end, both decided it was best for them and best for all the citizens that they step aside and let others run the affairs of the town.
That's where the real shame lies.
The community of Bloomfield is the real loser here.
Who will step up now and want to serve on the town council?
Is it really worth the hassle?
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