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11/6/2012 5:00:00 PM
COLUMN: Grow up, folks
Bob Weete

Everybody has their own opinions about what is "good" for Blythe or what is "bad" for Blythe. And that is how it should be, I suppose. We are all alike in that respect. Unfortunately, our world has become all about "me", and we are, as a city - and a nation - on a self-destruct mode that will negate all the good in both entities.

"We" - everybody -really need to stop throwing the baby out with the bath water. Not a "new" expression, I know. It's another old one that has stood the test of time, for good reason. It, like all maxims, is a short verbalization of a rather complex but valuable concept evolved over time.

History and experience are meant to teach; we humans just don't seem to want to do our homework and gain from the past. What is past is "old"; what is "old" is useless. Rejecting all that was good in the past weakens the present.

There has been great turmoil for some time now. It's just come to a head lately. We have the opportunity - the obligation, really - to decide whether we, as a city, will really grow or die.

We must have a city council with five intelligent, loving, energetic, dedicated, loyal people elected who think and act as individuals, because each one is an individual. It is not imperative that all votes on a given situation be unanimous. The supposed idea is that it shows solidarity, unity, and all that good stuff.

Instead, what it clearly shows is that they are shedding their individuality, at great cost to their own identity, as well as to this city. The people of Blythe are individuals, with various personalities, beliefs, goals, etc. How, then, can a continually "unanimous" council be representing the community in its entirety?

It seems to me that no matter what the issue is, each member has an obligation to truly express his/her own beliefs based on the person's character. If they vote in order to "belong" with the others, they are not putting the citizens of Blythe first.

If they vote to be against whatever Mr. Evans proposes, for example, that doesn't even require them to think. Easy. If Mike is for it, I will be against it; if he is against it, then I must vote for it. No real character or qualifications necessary there. Many of us are tired of the "good old boy" politics that has brought us to this spot.

Elementary school playground tactics. Gang tactics. "Chicago" stuff. Let's grow up, boys, and realize that true growth for all will only come when the self, the ego, the power plays are set aside. Let's throw out the dirty water, but retain the valuable baby, maintain its health, its vitality, so we can all live here in productivity and peace.

The individuals on the council may very well be good men; I am definitely not suggesting they are not. Something often happens to good people when they get in a position of power. It is easy to slip into that mode. Being a good leader is not easy, I grant. Being aware of the dangers of power and how easily it can be abused is crucial and to be honest about it.

Why is it that other towns along the River have grown, have produced, have sprawled out, have good schools, great hospitals, and many youth activities, and we are literally withering on the vine? We reject new life (like Walmart, for one) because it might affect our business or the business of a close friend. When new businesses need employees who need houses, groceries, tires, etc. When we treat our customers right, our business can maintain those customers and we all prosper.

"Treat others as you want to be treated" is one of those great learnings from the ages. If you are the new kid on the block, you want to be treated with courtesy and respect, even if your ideas may express yourself in different ways. Children, even, are taught to "get along", to respect one another. If youth see adults - their role models -demonstrating these selfish character traits, what are they to do? Better they learn to be selfless from their role models.

"The fruit doesn't fall far from the tree." If the fruit of our labor is bad, who do we blame? And who should we blame? Come on, guys. Let's cut it. Let's make the supreme effort to be individuals, to think clearly, and avoid letting others poison our thoughts and our actions, so their own egos will not be challenged. Make your knowledge of what is right and what is wrong join with tolerance and self-respect.

This country grew from a mustard seed through hard physical labor, through tolerance of different ideas, and co-operation. It can still work miracles, but we have to practice it first.

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Harold Ray

One only needs to read the comment following Weete 'opinon titled, "YeeeeeeeeeOBama to understand what is happening in our country today. Pure ectasy expressed because it is now legal to smoke 'Ganja' in some of the states. Please Mr Government, give me more

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Still don't get it

Let's try it again, folks. Weete's column appears on the OpEd page. That page is designated for stated opinions, period. Write a letter and sign your real name? It winds up on this page. That's that way it is done in ALL papers! And you are right. This is Weete's OPINION! If you watch Fox News, good for you, but that is "fair and balanced", as they advertise. They balance their news by having Democrat AND Republican-opinioned people. And yet, they, do show a bit of bias. They are based, however, on the NEWS of the day. It is called FOX NEWS. If you find an OpEd piece on any page other that page 4 of the Times, then you have an "issue". Like any other person who writes and is published on page 4, those people do not write a Democratic piece and then turn around and write a Republican piece, to be "balanced" piece. YOUR opinion can can be written and published on the OpEd page, but you do have to reveal your real identify. That is called Freedom of the Press and Freedom of Speech. Please define "an objective opinion" and realize that an "opinion" is, by its nature, "biased" in the news. The objectivity is historically expected on all the other pages of a newspaper, but an opinion will be found in its spot. OpEd pieces do not require references etc., the stuff which goes into a thesis, which has certain characteristics. I hopes this helps with your understanding.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: YEEEEEEEEE OBAMA

OBAMA WINS!!!! All of Weete's Neo-Con pieces did nothing, all for naught!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHA time to drown your sorrow in poisonous alcohol while I spliff it up in Colorado LEGAL STYLE!!!!!!! That's right, GANJA IS LEGAL in Washington and Colorado and Cali soon to follow!!! BOOM!

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: @ bob weete

Well bob it seems like we are getting more distortions of the fact its at the PVVT. The city counil does not always vote against Mike Evans. There have been numerous times in the last couple of months that we have had split votes on items. It seems that not voting with Mike Evans on the vote of confidence for the chief of police is what you are basing your argument on. There are two sides to every story and unfortunately the paper that employees you seems to only give the Mike Evans side. A "news"paper that gives both sides and gets quotes from other council members as to why they voted the way they did would go a long way to help bring the community together. The divisiveness and the petty bickering in this town must stop in order for it to advance. Bob you can help by getting your fellow coworkers to do some unbiased and regular reporting of all the major boards and councils in this town. You and I both watch Fox News and like "fair and balanced" reporting. It is time we demand the same thing here locally. An argument without all the facts or in many cases no facts at all is really just an opinion!

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: concerned citizen

This opinion is a descriptive of yourself Mr. Weete, When have you written an objective opinion that does not coincide with Palo Verde Times cadidates of choice? Is your pay based on your groupee opinion? People are gettin fed up with these bias opinions look at latest electorial polls.......hahahaha!!!!

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