I am disgusted that the City Council approved a city ordinance prohibiting relatives of public officials from volunteering in their offices (9/12, A-2, “KC council OKs limits on use of volunteers”).
This ordinance is an attack on the mayor and his wife, and I think there are better things our elected officials could be doing with their time other than finding ways to attack the mayor and his wife.
I think it’s admirable that Gloria Squitiro wants to volunteer her time for the city. This is obviously a team approach to governing, so the council needs to accept it.
The City Council members need to do the people’s work that they were elected to do and stop fighting with the mayor.
When my daughter was small, she would come home from school and tell me, “Caitlin didn’t want to play with me today.” I would tell my daughter, “Maybe she was having a bad day, and tomorrow could be totally different.” Then the next day she would come home and tell me not just Caitlin but Kathleen didn’t want to play with her, either.
I told my child then, “Sweetheart, you need to maybe look at yourself and why this is happening. Perhaps there is something you are doing wrong.”
Gloria, there is a reason the elected employees of City Hall don’t want you on their playground, and it’s time for you to go to time out and leave the office.
It truly is endearing how Mayor Funkhouser, your husband, comes to your defense, and I mean that sincerely. Yet volunteering just isn’t working out.
Here’s an option: Perhaps they will let Mark work from home, and you two can continue to be together all day long, and peace can abound for all.
Tacky, tacky! Using the power of the City Council to personally target a city employee, mayor’s wife or not, makes you folks look like the Kansas City school board — not pretty.
Even out here in the Kansas suburbs, away from your “jurisdiction,” this is embarrassing. Lighten up.