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Written on Guest Commentary: Embattled City Manager Steve Thompson says 'let’s get the answers right':

Anything can be read into that statement that one wants to. To bright, neutral people the statement referred to in previous comments shows a prudence (or a prediction based on city history) and recognition of what may happen if pursued. Is the outcome of the decision going to be any different? At any time like this, one would expect that all options must be closely weighed for the benefit of the city, which is how Thompson states it.

A decision (whether right or wrong) by City Council that did not allow the opportunity for ample public comment or consideration should be reviewed by people not clouded by their own agendas. People who think for themselves do not automatically believe everything they hear in a political areana but carefully consider what they have observed and make decisions based upon their experiences and biases. Depending on which side of the City Council's decision you fall on, for or against Thompson, is how you read it.

Seeing Thompson's input in writing should help the public make their own determinations about this whole process and if they agree or not.

Written on Hunt for city manager begins on Marco Island:

A citizen's committee can be controlled by those that want control. If you want narrow choices and minds, that's the way to go. It seems it would be impossible for the city to move forward with anything other than personal agendas if this is how you proceed.

Written on Marco Island City Council fires City Manager Steve Thompson:

I happened upon the council meeting last night as I was searching the internet for a vacation spot. The events of the meeting so intrigued me I visited the news sites. All of you are acting like children. Apparently there is no transparency on this site as all of you seem to know who it is writing comments. Recker had an agenda and he accomplished it. He can now be Geppetto to his Pinocchios. Recher was on city council when Thompson was hired and he agreed to the severence package. He also had it committed to memory last night. From what I saw, Recker wanted to get rid of this manager since the moment he figured out he wasn't going to be able to control him.
City council has some responsibility in this. Do they sit and wait for reports or are they proactively acting on behalf of the citizens that voted them in? Good luck to the Island -- be careful, what you wished for may be just what you get and to Thompson, you are probably better without them.

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