On April 7, I wrote an entry on the GoBurley.com website concerning the resolution of a court action brought against Burley City Councilman, Dennis Curtis, by the city’s self-appointed moral guardian, John Walsh. The court’s decision was accurately and fairly documented by the T-N reporter and by all accounts should have brought the issue to a resolution.
However, Mr. Walsh could not leave “well enough alone” and has subsequently opened up the “closed book,” demanding Mr. Curtis’s resignation from the City Council. This prompts me to reiterate the point I made on the website – Mr. Walsh’s verbal bullying of Mr. Curtis and other members of the city’s government cannot be litigated as easily as physical bullying. And since much of Mr. Walsh’s diatribe has been published by Councilman Jay Lenkersdorfer in a publication which he owns (The Weekly Mailer,) it would seem that Mr. Lenkersdorfer is violating the conflict of interest standard held by elected public officials, and incidentally by all ethical journalists.
Logic tells us that if Mr. Curtis were to be sanctioned by the Burley City Council for “violating his oath as a city councilman,” as John Walsh stated in a letter published in the Weekly Mailer, it would follow that Mr. Lenkersdorfer should be given his walking papers too.
Mr. Walsh would do well to cease and desist before his angry rhetoric should create a consequence which would not be in his best interests. His demands for Curtis’s resignation could create a sticky wicket for Mr. Lenkersdorfer, the person who is willing to publish his accusations in his “Sound-Off” column. Perhaps leaving well enough alone could be the best option for all concerned, and our city government could continue to function in a more civil manner. After all, these officials were elected by the people of Burley, not appointed by Mr.Walsh.
Sarah M. Blasius