The Jackson City Council recently changed the public comments format of its meetings in order to handle city business more quickly. Public comments were taking up to 90 minutes before the council could address the rest of the agenda. Council President Melvin Priester, Jr. made a sensible reform. Comments that address specific agenda items are heard at the beginning of the meeting. The rest of the comments are allowed after the agenda is concluded. However, that didn't sit too well with one Mr. David Archie. Mr. Archie raised hell with the council in this video.
Mr. Archie had a simple solution for council members sitting through hours of public comments: make serving on the city council a full-time job. The city is broke. The reserve is tapping out. Roads are falling apart, pipes are busting.... you get the idea. While everything implodes, this clown wants to spend more money and salaries and perks for councilmen. This guy is perfect evidence that loudness does not equal intelligence. Of course, the SS chimed in in support of Mr. Archie, the SS being Stamps & Stokes.
This is a perfect example of what is wrong with Jackson. Everyone wants to yap, yap, yap, and showboat. When they get done yapping, they want to yap some more. Meanwhile, nothing gets done. They don't care about the city. They don't care about the city business. All they care about is yapping away while the city implodes.
The current law is really simple. The business of the city council is the agenda for that particular meeting. Citizens can address the city council about agenda items at the beginning of the meeting. However, if all they want to do is turn their time at the podium into a general bitch session, then they can do so at the end of the meeting. We elected them to handle our business, not hear them bitch on our time. Some people just can't stand to be told they can't come first.