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Commission adopts rules for incoming board

October 29, 2013

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone City Commission laid down new rules for the incoming board, which will be voted in next Tuesday and seated Nov. 11, during its regular meeting Monday night....

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BravesRock

Oct-29-13 2:25 PM

Because, Whiz, conflict of interest is determined by the items on the agenda for a particular meeting and whether or not an official stands to benefit financially. Conflict of interest is actually defined very narrowly, and someone may have a conflict regarding one item on one agenda while another may go an entire term without ever having a conflict. Officials sometimes plead conflict of interest because of friendships or family relationships, when legally no conflict exists unless there is a financial benefit. Bias, on the other hand, is not the same thing. Most of us have a bias on many topics. Yours, for example, is obvious to most readers.

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Whizzywhig

Oct-29-13 11:44 AM

CONFLICT OF INTEREST?

Talk about a can of WORMS!

What’s next,

a pre-meeting, meeting,

for an informal discussion of the voting to take place and

a commision pre-vote canvas

to see how each will vote on every propostion?

Then we'll CHANGE the wording, and get a

CONSENSUS OF YES VOTES,

YES MEN,

and

Yes Women, as it were.

Someone said:

you who are without fault, conflict of interest, or bias,

CAST THE FIRST boulder.

Really?

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Whizzywhig

Oct-29-13 11:42 AM

"The remaining members would vote on whether that commissioner would abstain from voting or if they have to vote.

That helps ensure, too, that people aren't trying to get out of voting on a hard topic,"

said the city clerk.

The very idea, that other members of the ‘commission’

should have to consider whether another member has a

“CONFLICT OF INTEREST”

Before they can vote is truly silly,

No… PREPOSTEROUS.

Long before a citizen is Put on the ballot for possible election,

EVERY PERSON,

should

COME CLEAN,

Citing their background,

their campaign backers, and

their bias, pro or con,

for the position voters will

COME TO RELY ON

for representing

THEIR VOICES

and possibly elect.

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Whizzywhig

Oct-29-13 11:39 AM

WHY:

SHOULD THIS BE HARD TO ACCOMPLISH,

BEFORE THE FACT,

RATHER THAN COMPOUND THE PROBLEM of bias

introduced by other members of the commission and their inherent biases,

before declaration of WHICH commissioner SHALL BE ALLOWED TO vote

OR

NOT!

TO MUCH TO ASK BEFORE HAND?

After all,

why not keep voting on an issue, until the chairperson gets the desired result!

Who said:

STUPID IS

AS STUPID

DOES?

Well, my husband has such a conflict of interest about my issues,

HE GETS NO VOTE

TODAY,

TOMORROW,

UNTIL SUCH TIME AS HE CHANGES

HIS

ATTITUDE!

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