• A fiasco ‘for the ages’
    December 02,2013
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    A fiasco

    ‘for the ages’

    The song, “Count on Me,” by the Jefferson Starship (formerly Jefferson Airplane) is the exact opposite of the Gwendolyn Hallsmith and the Montpelier City Hall fiasco. According to the article in the paper, on the one hand, Town Manager William Fraser praises her, “I appreciate Gwen’s many accomplishments and contributions to the city over the 7 years,” but then he disses her, “you are seriously insubordinate ... ” and apparently said she was guilty of dishonesty and inappropriate use of city resources. He goes on to say, “I sincerely wish her the best in her future,” but she’s fired as of immediately! Ms. Hallsmith was “planning and community development director,” whatever that is, for the city of Montpelier, but is no more.

    How can these contradictions make any sense? If I wanted the best for someone who worked for me, I wouldn’t tell the press they are insubordinate, dishonest, etc. This crazy, fickle situation is one for the ages. It sounds like somebody is off their rocker. The bottom line here is that Ms. Hallsmith cannot apply the song “Count on Me” to her situation. She’d be better served with the tune, “19th Nervous Breakdown,” by the Stones. “Here comes your 19th nervous breakdown ... ”

    TOM KING

    Shaftsbury
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