Walsenburg City Administrator Issue
Following last week’s story in the World Journal concerning the fate of the city administrator, I talked with several city councilmen about their concerns. Each voiced some of the same issues about Mr. Toth. As a former Walsenburg mayor, I feel there are avenues, short of replacing him that they could and should consider first. I say that because with potential flooding hitting Walsenburg this spring, now is not a good time to be replacing a city administrator.
Mr. Toth last week touched on many meetings he and David Harriman have attended about possible flooding in Walsenburg. Most of the city councilmen have not attended any of these meetings. It’s important for Walsenburg citizens to have people who are informed and prepared to assist with any potential flood dangers. Toth & Harriman appear to be the best prepared.
The City Municipal League (CML) has many training programs that could assist Mr. Toth and the city council. I would strongly urge both to look into these training avenues. I would prefer the city administrator have advanced training and keep his job than to see him replaced at the most crucial time the citizens of Walsenburg need him.
The city council also needs to understand that replacing Mr. Toth would make a new administrator the 4th hire in four years. That reflects poorly on the city council and limits the number of good candidates that would want to apply for the job. The city councilmen I talked with say they were unaware of plans by Mayor Hoyt to replace Toth. If true, that is not the way a mayor or city council should go about it. The council needs to proceed in a manner that is done correctly so they don’t get involved in a legal matter for which they created.
Both the city council and city administrator need to take a step back and regroup. Mr. Toth, knowing his job is in jeopardy, should be willing to take steps to improve on the concerns the city council has with him. The city council needs to have city attorney Dan Hyatt conduct one of his training programs. Some council members haven’t taken one and others may need a refresher course on dealing with their responsibilities. In doing so, both parties will be benefitting the citizens of Walsenburg, especially at a time when we could be facing a crisis of severe flooding over half of our city, including all of downtown. I hope both sides will take these suggestions seriously for the good of all in Walsenburg.
The very first week of January my husband Jack needed to take me to our local SPRH Center to the ER. Not only did I go that evening, but 2 other times. The second time I was admitted overnight and all day Saturday. I had a very dangerous infection. My PA-Jerriann Vigil, Dr. Dutton and the ER doctor, Dr. Dan worked together as a team to get me on the right treatment and right prescriptions. I was asked some serious questions that made me do some homework about my care when I got home and felt good enough to do!
I cannot say enough about the wonderful care I received from teh doctors, nurses, the EMT’s, the gentleman Bob in ex-ray to the lab technicians who worked so gingerly to find my veins to collect blood that just didn’t seem to be there. Also the two nurses on the first floor for their great care.
Some people have asked me why I didn’t go to Pueblo and I tell them if you had a past incident there, put that behind you. The care was impeccable! I would go back again any day. I know slightly the CEO of the hospital, Kay Whitley from my job. She even took the time to call me and tell me if I needed anything I could call on her. Now that’s great service!
Five plus stars to our local hospital. The service and care was wonderful. Thank you also to all our neighbors and friends who called, sent cards, and made sure Jack was taken care of.
~ Mary Fischer
Murder plain and simple
How is it that we have come to the point in our society that state representatives co-sponsor bills they have not read even when they affect a baby who has survived a botched abortion? Why are we not enraged that this baby can be aborted up to the moment of delivery? This is not a woman’s right to choose. This is murder, plain and simple.
Ultrasounds, amniocentesis or sonograms show if a developing embryo is “damaged goods” in a woman’s mind; something she cannot mentally or emotionally handle. NO ONE ever needs to wait until the third trimester of pregnancy to make that decision when the baby, yes, baby, could survive outside the womb. Within 12 hours of conception the embryo has its own emerging DNA. By day 18 there is a heartbeat and at 20 weeks the baby can feel pain.
Perhaps we should read the abortion laws in our respective states to know what is legal. We might be shocked that murder on demand is available in more places than we’d like to admit.
When a society remains silent regarding the life and liberty of its most vulnerable members, I’m afraid we are lost in a cultural and moral wasteland with no turning back. I hope I am wrong.
It brings to mind Martin Niemoller’s quote at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., “They came for the socialists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew. And then they came for me ~ and there was no one left to speak for me.”
La Veta, CO