‘Can’t we all just get along?’ | Letter

Jun 19, 2014

Editor, The Beacon:

It was shocking to read that the City of Edmonds hired a consultant to teach the mayor and city councilmembers how to "work together in a more positive and effective manner [“Council communication approaches a cool-down,” The Beacon, page 1, June 5).”

Perhaps city job descriptions should come with the warning "Toxic Personalities Need Not Apply."

These can include power-and-control freaks whose prime directive in life is to get and maintain total control for themselves at any cost (it usually costs everyone else plenty).

They can be egocentrics who never grew out of the belief that they are the center of the universe and no one else matters.

They also include insecure passive-aggressive bullies who must target and destroy others to feel big and powerful themselves.

Or the old-fashioned garden-variety sociopath who lacks a conscience or the ability to feel empathy or compassion for others, characterized by predatory, aggressive and remorseless behavior in pursuing their own self-serving agendas.

All of these personality types are anti-social and destructive and tend to undermine harmonious accomplishment in relationships, business and government.

There is no place for such behavior in our city.  We should not have to spend our tax dollars for a consultant to come and remind our city officials to behave like grownups.

In the words of Rodney King, "Can't we all just get along?"

Nancy Farnam


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