Petty Politics

This week the Gulfport City Council sank to a new low. Petty politics have overtaken good government. We watched over the last few months as some on the council expressed opposition to most things advanced by the mayor.

We suspected that this had more to do with politics than with good government, but now we know . How do we know? Members of the council failed to confirm George Schloegel as a member of the newly created Development Commission. Why? One member said it was because he was busy with his two jobs and family and did not have the opportunity to interview Schloegel. Three others had different reasons.

In the spirit of full disclosure we will readily admit that George Schloegel is a good friend to many of us at WLOX and someone known throughout the community as a tireless leader who has always worked for the betterment of the Coast. That is why we can say with confidence, without sitting down to interview him, that there is absolutely no legitimate reason for any Council member to reject his appointment.

Shame on Bryan Carriere, Barbara Nalley, Ella Holmes-Hines and Neil Resh for putting their political agenda ahead of doing what is right for the city of Gulfport.

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David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager