Sunday, August 19, 2012

Gary Dumas: The Fayetteville/Elk City Connection

Posted By on Sun, Aug 19, 2012 at 11:41 AM

In a way, you might say that Dan Coody is responsible for the advancement of collective bargaining in Oklahoma, simply for hiring Gary Dumas the first place.

And Lioneld Jordan, in a way, could claim equal credit because he fired him and made him available for the job - from which he subsequently got fired.

Well, no, you really couldn’t. But still, there is this little, tiny bit of connection.

There has been some quibbling lately over just who does what in City Hall under the Jordan administration, , and as to who actually runs the city - Mayor Lioneld Jordan, or an unelected, appointed manager, in the form of his Chief of Staff, Don Marr.

Fayetteville Mayor’s Race Gets Personal

http://5newsonline.com/2012/08/16/fayetteville-mayors-race-gets-personal/

According to the article on the site:

“I was asked who I had as chief of staff or, if I were elected, who I would hire for that position,” Coody said. “Many people are surprised to learn that this position never existed until it was created for this administration.”

That is ridiculous,” Jordan said Thursday evening. “I want to be absolutely clear to the public: That is not a new position. I did not create a new position. The position was there when Dan Coody was mayor, but he called it chief of operations. I simply changed the name to chief of staff.”

Jordan has also countered that, no matter what the title, Gary Dumas (whom he terminated in 2009) served much the same function for Comrade Coody himnself, when he served under him.

I suppose that instead of asking Coody and Jordan what the duties of Marr and Dumas entailed, they could ask them, instead of simply taking the word of opposing political candidates . . .

But anyway . . .

After his departure from Fayetteville, Dumas eventually ended up in Elk City, oklahoma, where he took up the mantle of City Manager.

In August of 2011, the City Elders of the Dark Heart of America took it upon themselves, in a 3-2 vote, to unceremoniously remove Dumas from his position, without a word of explanation to the public.

In a piece from from an Elk City newspaper:

http://thedailyelkcitian.com/elk-city-oklahoma-top-stories/430-chapter-president-says-union-formed-after-dumas-firing

For the police officers of Elk City, no matter their political beliefs, this was an eye-opener. Clearly, they needed to work together to protect their jobs.

So they formed a Fraternal Order of Police Chapter in order to to protect their collective bargaining rights.

In Oklahoma.

******

In the meantime, gun crimes increase in Fayetteville, though you wouldn't know it from the debate over parking

We’re just not gonna do this, are we?

Talk about guns on the campaign trail in Fayetteville? We ain’t gonna talk about the senseless shootings that have happened, in an increasing number, in this city?

No.

We’re gonna talk about how pretty we are. We’ll exalt our “progressiveness” and our plans for the future.

*****

KFSM and the art of political sycophancy

Congressman Steve Womack appeared on KFSM (Channel 5) last week, and The Scowling One was in rare form; he even tried out a grimace that may have been an attempt at a smile, as he worked his Dark Lord magic, mesmerizing poor Darren Bobb, hinting darkly at the possible “political decisions” Over the possible removal of the 188th Fighter Wing, then going on to talk about all the jobs bills the GOP Congress had created, but were thwarted by the other side, as if somehow the “other side” were not actually Americans, but foes within our ranks.

At the end of the interview, Bobb exclaimed that he wished they had had another 30 minutes.

Why? So The Scowling One could run over you again? So you could sit there and not ask even one question when he says something that demands a question?

http://5newsonline.com/2012/08/15/video-188th-caught-in-political-decision-congressmen-plan-public-meeting/

Perhaps instead of being so sycophantic where Womack is concerned, TV stations should actually insist that he answer some basic questions when he comes on?

Of course, that would probably mean he wouldn’t come on anymore . . .

But would that be any great loss? Really? When he only comes on to use you in the first place?

****

Quote of the Day

What does it indicate that we pass suffering in the streets without noticing it - see human misery, destitution, degradation, and not heed it? - William Ellery Channing

sdrake@cox.net

Tags: , , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Richard Drake

  • Motel Hell: My year of living amongst the down and out

    Looking over real estate offered for sale in Fayetteville, I noted that Motel 6 on North College is or sale.
    • Dec 5, 2016
  • When we quote politicians, we are ACTUALLY quoting their speech writers?

    Long before the virtual reality world of Facebook ever existed, folks around the world have been fond of quoting their favorite political figures, alongside writers, poets, cowboy philosophers and such.
    • Nov 28, 2016
  • The dying man who “loaned” me some books

    Back in the 1990s, when AIDS was taking away so many of our friends and family members, a friend of mine, Robert - who though deathly ill had also spent much of his time going to public schools and the like, talking about his illness - had one final gathering at his home, surrounded by people he had grown close to over the years.
    • Nov 22, 2016
  • More »

Most Shared

  • World leaders set to meet in Little Rock on resource access and sustainable development

    Next week a series of meetings on the use of technology to tackle global problems will be held in Little Rock by Club de Madrid — a coalition of more than 100 former democratic former presidents and prime ministers from around the world — and the P80 Group, a coalition of large public pension and sovereign wealth funds founded by Prince Charles to combat climate change. The conference will discuss deploying existing technologies to increase access to food, water, energy, clean environment, and medical care.
  • Tomb to table: a Christmas feast offered by the residents of Mount Holly and other folk

    Plus, recipes from the Times staff.
  • Fake news

    So fed up was young Edgar Welch of Salisbury, N.C., that Hillary Clinton was getting away with running a child-sex ring that he grabbed a couple of guns last Sunday, drove 360 miles to the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C., where Clinton was supposed to be holding the kids as sex slaves, and fired his AR-15 into the floor to clear the joint of pizza cravers and conduct his own investigation of the pedophilia syndicate of the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state.
  • Reality TV prez

    There is almost nothing real about "reality TV." All but the dullest viewers understand that the dramatic twists and turns on shows like "The Bachelor" or "Celebrity Apprentice" are scripted in advance. More or less like professional wrestling, Donald Trump's previous claim to fame.
  • Arkansas archeologist does his job, is asked to leave

    Amid Department of Arkansas Heritage project.

Visit Arkansas

View Trumpeter Swans in Heber Springs

View Trumpeter Swans in Heber Springs

Magness Lake, in Heber Springs, is a magnet for swans

Top Commenters

Blogroll

 

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation