Viewpoint - City Officials Behaving Badly

City officials behaving badly - that is what we have had ample evidence of this week reporting on the Laurel City Council Meeting.

City administrators and council members disrespecting each other and going at it like children at a school yard to the point that, to his credit, Laurel Mayor Melvin Mack has called for a day of prayer next week to heal the rifts so that the business of the city can be done in a professional way unhampered by tantrums and insults.

This is not the way the people elected or the city employs those charged with taking care of the needs of the citizens to behave. It is rude and unproductive and sets a bad example for the young people who will be the leaders of tomorrow to follow.

Certainly we don't want to paint with too broad a brush. There are certainly some officials who behave like adults and approach their responsibilities with the gravity they deserve. But as a whole the way many are carrying on is shameful and the city of Laurel deserves better.

We hope the people will demand a more civil discourse among their officials and hold those accountable who refuse to follow this path of civility at the ballot box.

I'm Jim Cameron and that's today's viewpont. Write and tell us what you think.