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Mayor supports decision to opt out of forum

Published 11:45am Friday, October 5, 2012

Dear Editor, 

If the current political tactics had been used when I was running for city council sixteen (16) years ago or when I ran for Mayor eight years ago, I would have made the same decision  concerning the forum as Charles Shaw and the other candidates who chose not to participate.

I cannot remember a time that the local newspaper endorsed a candidate before the primary or any time having a second forum.  Of course, the paper has every right under “The right to know,”  but to bash the candidates for their decision not to participate, suggesting some fear or reluctance to be open and transparent with the public, is misleading.  Your editorial plants that idea in the minds of people who do not know Charles Shaw.

We who do know him and have worked with him on a personal basis as well as professional level know him as an honest, thoughtful person who makes his decisions after careful consideration.

If all  of the candidates had been given the questions and been able to give their honest thoughtful opinions on what was best for the city and how they would handle those challenges, the public would have received better more informed answers from all candidates.

I fear that The Outlook has become so embroiled in this election promoting one candidate that you have lost the perspective of an objective critic.

I am not looking for an accomplished orator.  I am looking for a candidate who will move us forward in a truly transparent direction.  The federal government has produced “orators” and look where we are!


Barbara H. Young, 


  • Char Aznable

    One of the worst mayors in the history of AC asks people to support Charles Shaw. I guess everyone knows who not to vote for now. What gives you the right to speak about transparency? Where was the transparency at for the last 8 years while you were running AC into the ground?

    Kenneth Boone has every right to give his opinion in the OP/ED section of his newspaper. The Outlook has done a great job of printing letters from all sides during this year’s election. I haven’t seen anything that wasn’t fact printed in other parts of the newspaper. What we really have are some sore losers and jealous people trying to stir up trouble right before the election.

  • wildflower

    Mrs. Mayor,
    With all due respect I disagree with your assessment. I have known both of the candidates for a lifetime. They are good men who are motivated and both have served our community well in the past. With regard to the Forum, both men were offered the opportunity to speak. One accepted, and one declined. For the life of me, I don’t understand why a candidate for public office would decline an opportunity to get free publicity, but that was Mr. Shaw’s decision. Please don’t blame the Outlook for Mr. Shaw’s decision. And certainly Mr. Lamborne had no role in that decision. The job they are competing for does require the ability to speak publicly and to think on your feet. The voting public will decide the fate of this campaign.