Dilapidated buildings a blight in city
For over a decade, I've watched growing decay overtake our city in a variety of forms, probably the most obvious being the many dilapidated, uninhabitable structures.

Empty storefronts along our premier roadway, Newcastle Street, became more numerous; the demise of life as it was once known on Norwich Street continued. Glynn Avenue, the "welcoming" route for the thousands who visit our beaches, continued to be an embarrassment. And we bemoaned these conditions.

But there is another, nearly invisible form of decay among us that we must eliminate before we can build a better Brunswick. There must be a commitment to reconstructing the very foundation -- the integrity-grounded, ethically and morally strong leadership that is crucial to halting our downward plunge -- in order to resurrect our city.

While this is not an indictment of all those we asked to lead us, I doubt that any taxpayer would argue that we've a history of seating some who operated by standards not suitable for public office, and we ignored those lapses, allowing the degradation of integrity in those offices to propagate and to even infect some of our public employees at all levels.

It is my fervent hope that as our current city government embarks on a crusade to improve this city, the taxpayers they serve will demand impeccable, unquestionable standards of conduct. It is vital that we rid our city government of the notion that there are special interest groups to be served differently and preferentially. We should also demand that all hiring and firing is done according to prescribed city standards, ending all trace of special treatment for friends and family. Sadly, this has been a common practice here for years and must no longer be tolerated by any of us who pay their salaries.

Janis Slade


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