Posted by auroracitizen on October 7, 2010
The focus of the recent post was Dick Illingworth’s analysis of the outgoing Council before he passed away last year. For those who didn’t know Dick, he was a highly regarded and well-loved fixture in Aurora politics who alway spoke his mind and provided great insights on the goings on at Council.
Some may even recall that Phyllis Morris took a quote from one of Dick’s column many years ago and continuously used it in her election brochure because she acknowledged the impact his point of view had on readers.
It would be worth noting that Dick would probably not be happy to see his quote used this election.
Chris has taken the time to review all of Dick’s Brickbats & Bouquets and provided a neat summary for your review. It is worth the time to read.
Dick also wrote an opinion column (Poor Richard) in the May 2008 Auroran. Reprints were distributed at the Library Board all-candidates meeting on Sunday. You can see a copy < http://auroracitizen.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/poorrhandout.pdf> of the reprint if you are interested.
In it he stated that in almost 50 years of observing council meetings; “I have never seen a more fractious council than the current Aurora Council. It’s an embarrassment and a disgrace!”
He went on to say, “If some of the senior members of staff start looking for positions elsewhere, council members will only have themselves to blame.” It is almost prophetic – 6 of 8 positions left this term — but Phyllis and crowd accept no responsibility.
Remember this column was written in May 2008.
Please take the time to visit Temporary Sanity and read the post. It will give you greater insight into what has been going on these last 4 years.
Then get out and vote!