[To THE EdITOH, ■ " GtTA»DIAN."j Sir,—The oracle again has spoken, and peradyenture those ; who less love to see their names in print, yet more genuinely desire to see the best man on the Borough Council, wiill seek another and a better way to achieve their object. Mr Oracle! in your opinion, there seems to be , but one man in Ashburtoi who is really fit to serve the ratepayers on the Council, and that man is Mr H. M. Jones. It is even whispered in a loud whisper that he has a great desire to fill the Mayoral chair, that indeed no other citizen is so well qual'jii'ed to fill that omce with credit to himself and satisfaction to the community. Mr Oracle now desires the Mayor to 'call a pubnc meeting, whereat those who have vie enronWy to suppose they can isei've i/iio . J'atcjjiij'oi'a may ij^j cuLtiCiiidfaci regarding tueir viewd on uorou^ii manors, it is well, pw } tnao iur jones .'jias cnan^eci iils uiuticSj ior when ne eaucil <i puo^io meeting Imuseii, -so lew raiepaycid ahoW<si.i uieir comideiice m mm uiav aoout Xiiiee ratepaym's anu nvo reporters timitU up, and if 1 mi'iialie uut, one oi uuo i'atopayers Was xne -Mayor, Who atieriatiu to preside.
lVlr Oraue has fai'len into a common error, out if ne lliuiks one men who are best quaiilied icr the jod are going to come lorward to -be Ciitechisea by AsliDurteii'S; seii'-ereat-eu leading citizen, he is mistaiion. iSir, it is not in the best interests of this community that busy people of Mr Jones -type should at irregular intervals""start out on excursions into the world of criticism against those who are serving on our public bodies.. No doubt those men know Mr Jones, and take all the amount of, notice of him that his criticisms deserve, but there are others who do not believe in giving up their time and ability in the public service to become the subject of his attention..
There.is at least this important distinction between the present members of our Council and Mr H.M. Jones^— the former are engaged in a constructive policy and the Hatter is engaged in a destructive policy, which may be far the easier one for him to pursue. I do not think public men should be above fair criticism, nor do I suppose we have one who does, but surely there should be tlhis about the critics, namely, when they set out to show our public men where they have,failed, they, should be.able to give something concrete to sfeow how they might have done, and coufld do, better. So far as I can judge, Mr Jones has not shown any of those qualifications one would expect in a person who sets out to fill the position Mr Jones desires to take unto himself; ; OBSERVER.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9574, 1 April 1919
BOROUGH AFFAIRS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9574, 1 April 1919
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