Clarksburg council should limit travel to convention

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — A popular joke, “How many people does it take to change a light bulb?” is age-old sarcasm poking fun at wasteful mismanagement about the number of employees often directed at highway workers, public employees or bureaucrats.

Granted, it’s never good to paint everyone with the same brush. Certainly, most highway workers, public employees and others who are the target of such jokes truly work hard. But a handful of people have created a bad impression that has resulted in a negative label that gets applied to everyone else in that particular group.

 This week’s announcement that the regularly scheduled meeting of Clarksburg City Council had been postponed because all seven city council members and City Manager Martin Howe will be attending the National League of Cities Conference this week in Nashville leaves us and many city residents scratching our heads.

Thus the new joke: “How many city officials does it take to bring back ideas from a convention?”

This year’s Congress of Cities runs Tuesday through Saturday at the Nashville Music City Center.

That’s right. All seven city council members and the city manager are attending the same convention at the same time…

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