Wilmington’s City Council usually meets ahead of each legislative session to review and make changes to the rules they operate by. Those rules — once agreed to by the majority (if not all in most cases) — are then brought up in City Council the first week or so of the year for an official approval. This is usually a run-of-the-mill bit of business, except in this year’s organizational meetings, there was a proposal to drop the official invocation usually given before each council meeting and replace that with a call for a moment of silence. That moment of silence is meant to let each person at Council to pray, meditate, chant or work out the value of Pi — a small bit of time to let each person access their source of strength and focus to get to the business of the City.
Once the new rules came up for a vote, all heck broke loose. Suddenly, Councilpeople who thought this was OK when the cameras were not running, now found that they wanted to keep the public invocation. Sam Guy posted his comment on FB:
Now we have multiple City Councilpeople who are now doing all kinds of work to get this invocation back. But do you know what they are NOT working on?
The City’s structural deficit problem and the fact that it does not look like the State is going to be much help.
Or even why this part-time City Council needs a staff of 15 — and 7 of them are for their internal TV channel.
And that is no where near a complete list. Wilmington has alot of problems that need to be resolved and if the thing these City Councilpeople are ready to suit up for is a public prayer, we really need to come to grips with downsizing this group of people. Because they are going to be more interested in performing for a camera and have no intention of leading on any solutions here.