Well, we had an opportunity to see almost all candidates running for council on yesterday, Wednesday, November 5, 2008 issue of our own Peace Arch News... unfortunately for some reason not available on line, which brings to a screeching halt my need for mischief at this time... :)
Oh... yeah! No apologies.
Candidates were asked to submit a number of brief, specific, description of themselves and "top issues" in three words... Most of them have used "three words" some only required two, clear and precise, only one had only one word...
And by golly ... a loaded one at that: Integrity.
According to a couple of on line "up to date" sites Integrity means:
1. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrity - literally speaking.
Integrity comprises perceived consistency of actions, values, methods, measures and principles. Depth and breadth of a value system may also be significant factors due to their congruence with a wider range of observations[clarify]. A value system may evolve over time while retaining integrity if holders of that value system account for and resolve inconsistencies.
2. At http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/integrity/ - philosophically speaking...
Integrity is one of the most important and oft-cited of virtue terms. It is also perhaps the most puzzling. For example, while it is sometimes used virtually synonymously with ‘moral,’ we also at times distinguish acting morally from acting with integrity. Persons of integrity may in fact act immorally—though they would usually not know they are acting immorally. Thus one may acknowledge a person to have integrity even though that person may hold importantly mistaken moral views. Etc, etc..
I don't want to be rude, but I am sure liking now that not so polite saying... it will come back and bite you in the ass!
And, once more, in the words of the famous TV doc. "You don't only have to do the right thing, it also has to look you are doing the right thing".
I wish that I would have seen and felt, but mostly experienced Matt Todd acting with "integrity". So unfortunate, that, which could have been almost successfully resolved with a brief polite response is "coming back to bite...." a little over a year later, after some rather cumbersome, to say the least, interactions...
Perhaps, I should post those wonderfully respectful emails that followed his blog visit this summer. (Remember ?) ... after all, he was acting is his capacity as an "elected and serving" City Councilor.
The man is decidedly relentless and, rude.
I do have one question though... student?
How does he have soooo much time to participate in the various committees that he appears to be the one that is running this city?
It will obviously be a very divided and scattered vote election as we have a large number of options, even the luxury to elect an entire new Council!
Oh, wait NO! Ouch!
No options for the Mayor's seat...
What is an artist to do?
OK, there are always options; I feel I have two.
One, to vote for the one that I imagine would cause "the least damage"
The other, leave the ballot blank... yeap!
And THAT, is what I am undecided about.
This may not be as hopeful or exhilarating as the election down South, but we are sure talking about it, and talking about it ...
'Will see how that translates in the results :)
My picks, in alphabetical, not ballot order.
Why not the others?
There are only five spots to pick and from my "research" these are the ones I "personally" find more appealing, perhaps because I made personal contact and/or heard them speak, or the opinion of others stopped me...
Ohhh, go find a copy of the paper if you missed it!!! (they might have still have some copies left).
Read up. Be healthfully skeptical. Then, go an vote on Saturday, November 15.
Originally posted on N0v.6.08