Seriously, Rebecca, it’s just a bunch of lights
December 05, 2012 12:03 AM | 2385 views | 7 7 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

So Rebecca you say, “It’s official — the Grinch has stolen Christmas in Canton this year.” Really!? Are you serious!?

It’s just a bunch of plastic light fixtures. It can be changed, swapped, and replaced. I’ve lost count of how many times the need to replace the Christmas lights has been discussed in council meetings over the past four years.

Until this week, never, not one single time ever, has any citizen mentioned to me any preference, choice, or opinion about Christmas lights.

Last January the Canton Tourism Board and the Street Department started looking at replacement lights. The old ones were just worn out; literally held together with bailing wire and duct tape.

Why the Tourism Board? The Christmas light money was in their budget because selection of Christmas lights is their responsibility. Why the Street Department? Maintenance and installation of the lights is their responsibility. Together, these two bodies recommended the selections that the City Council approved.

Now the Main Street Board Chairman Bill Grant is all bent out of shape because he was not consulted. Well Bill Grant attends most council meetings.

Assuming Bill Grant actually listens at the meetings between his yelling and booing, he was well aware of the situation.

If this was such a big deal to the Main Street Board, why did the Main Street Director Ginger Garrard (annual salary $42,000 of your tax dollars) not say anything?

So Rebecca, do you remember how the Grinch story ends? Just when we think all is lost, what happens?

Go watch the entire thing again. Be happy. Merry Christmas.

Bill Bryan

Canton City Council member
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Jim Windon
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December 08, 2012
Dear Mr Bryan. Your childish and petulant reply demonstrates a disconnect with the reason you were hired in the first place. Please resign and allow any positive person to replace your petty, puerile views. This city has enough difficult issues without an amateur egotist holding a position of local import. Please go home now. We will not miss you.
Bill Bryan
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December 06, 2012
He puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. Maybe Christmas, he thought... doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps... means a little bit more!
Patiently Waiting
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December 05, 2012
Past time for Bill Bryan to leave.
Jim Windon
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December 08, 2012
May he find peace of mind in his exit from public life.
gary s
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December 05, 2012
That's what is the matter with the City Council and the City of Canton, everything is just "a bunch of ..." Maybe our councilmen should try to be a little more concerned with the city business, less bickering, more attention to the "little things" that make the city click. Everything about my "Canton" is important!
Crazy Train
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December 05, 2012
Mr. Bryan, we are growing weary of your personal attacks, harassment and reconstruction of the truth! It is not "just a bunch of Christmas lights," and you know it. The tacky lights are just one example of how dysfunctional this Council has become. You say one thing, then do another. Furthermore, you have no interest in listening to and acting in the best interest of Canton citizens. Instead, you engage in petty wars and vindictive actions. When it comes to new ideas and cooperation, your "bulb" is burned out and needs to be replaced.
howtis
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December 05, 2012
Bill to you it probably is just a bunch of lights, but maybe more to us Canton originals.
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