The Way I See It!

I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.

The Truth is Naked - A Response to Mr. Williamson

2010 Election, Cudahy, Mayor, McCue, Local Government

This is in response to, “James Williamson - Elitist, Untrustworthy, Unprofessional, Disrespectful, Etc


Mr. Williamson,


You stated, “Unfortunately, Mr. Hollenbeck selectively chose not to include the Clerk/Treasurer's initial email to me.”


I don’t have and never received the original emails from you and Clerk Treasure Robert Goss, but you can provide them openly along with the rest of the follow-up emails to clear the air.  Please email me all the emails and I will put them up and give you the opportunity to clear up some of the murkiness.  Or do you want me to do an open records request for them?


Step forward into the light and out of the abyss.  Share amongst friends and foe!


Reasonable and fair criticisms of any elected official are acceptable in our democracy that enjoys free speech.


Does anyone remember the Bible passage "He who has not sinned may cast the first stone?’’  You earned respect from me how?  I still haven’t received an apology formal or otherwise from you to me and Mr. Goss. 


Should I remind you of it?  Maybe you don’t remember like Mayor McCue didn’t remember he said Friday was good for him for the debate date.


I expect a high degree of professionalism from everybody involved as the people of Cudahy do as well.


From: Randy Hollenbeck

Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 3:22 PM

To: ''; 'Ryan McCue'

Cc: 'Paul Eberhardy'; 'Joe Mikolajczak'; 'Mary Schissel'; 'Mark Otto'; 'Jason Litkowiec'; 'Thomas Pavlic'; 'Robert Goss'

Subject: Requested formal apology


I am requesting a formal apology from Cudahy Comptroller Jim Williamson regarding his comments in the email to Mr. Goss about me, as Mr. Williamson’s email is damaging to my reputation and character.


In specially “And who is this Hollenbeck guy?  What are you doing with him?  Where does he get all of his "apparent" information?  Are you pals or joined at the hip or something?  You and he together do more griping, complaining and delving into perceived wrongdoings then the rest of the city combined.” 


These comments are inappropriate, unprofessional, and disrespectful.  I am a private citizen.  It is within my right as a citizen and taxpayer to question the local government under the open records request - Open records law section 19.31-19.39.  It is my civic duty to make such requests. 


Thank you for your time,


Randy Hollenbeck


I find your comments here very troubling,


“In essence the C/T was asking me to look up the information for him and what you can see is that I am telling him that he has the access and the responsibility to honor such requests. Even Mr. H admits that. If they concern the Mayor or anyone else is not my purview. I don't care. I wasn't elected to help the C/T do his job which wasn't the first time I have made that point with him during the last three years. His job - his responsibility.”


First off, you should be working with the Clerk Treasurer when he asks for help more so that it was an open records request.  You were elected to work with all the city hall people and for the citizens!  You don’t seem to get that.


One of the jobs of our elected officials is to field calls and emails from the constituents regarding many issues.  One basic fact should be fully understood when it comes to the issue of open record requests they are a top priority!


The point, to reiterate is Mr. Williamson is you are a public servant and work for the people of Cudahy!  Please tell us whom you think you work for?


You are our elected official, one who must voice the concerns of your constituents! 


Now on to your statement of, “Trying to prevent records from being provided had nothing to do with my email and is a false statement.”  Since you were not providing help when the C/T asked and your comments here in the email I posted you clearly do not understand how an open records request works and proceed to question why it is being done.  Mr. Goss is not delving into other peoples’ jobs, but performing one of the most important checks and balances the people have.  I have re-included that part of the email for you.


“It never ceases to amaze me of how much time you seem to have to delve into other peoples' jobs and behavior here at the office.  I've perused the statutes on any number of occasions and it looks like the Clerk and the Treasurer have duties that require that a lot of jobs get done.  As much as you like to refer to the statutes, the fact that you asked me question #1 seems to indicate that you don't even have a handle on your own job.  Yet you can apparently spend a whole lot of your time sticking your nose into everyone else's business.  You are not and administrator by state statute, you don't make policy by state statute yet that's what you try to get involved in incessantly”


Now that is elitists talk already, but add in your comment of “You and he together do more griping, complaining and delving into perceived wrongdoings then the rest of the city combined.  Can't you just be happy to do your elected job?” and it is clear you are an elitist! 


Romans also had a strong sense of superiority.  Anyone outside of the empire was thought to be a "barbarian."


I believe that being informed on what's going on in the city and the neighborhood keeps a lot of misinformation and rumors at bay.


Knowledge is power.  Being a skeptic is to be a person in search of knowledge.  All knowledge we possess today has come from skeptics of the past.


"The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would not be found out.”  - Thomas Macaulay


What you wrote is/was not taken out of context and it is fact!


When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.

- Thomas Jefferson


It's the details that always complicate life.


What does this mean Mr. Williamson, “The 3rd District Alderman resigned requiring a special election to replace him”?  When was there a special election for the 3rd District?  I am confused and baffled on that one since you are stating facts as you nicely put it.  Friendly reminder of how you start off the paragraph, “Some facts for a change are in order at this point.


Everyone has photographic memory; some just don't have the film.


As most people get older, they get wiser.  If they've had a good and prosperous life, they may conduct themselves with dignity and occasionally a sense of humility. 


Respect is earned not given and as much as you sound like an old grumpy man that you put in your time and now people owe it to you, you may have reason for past respect, it also matters what you do today.  You can move forward or live in the past, but you cannot do both!  Respect once earned can be lost and it is a two-way street!


Do you feel you are entitled to something?


Newsflash people, NOTHING IN LIFE IS FREE!!!!!  Not even, respect!


I have peoples’ respect, but that doesn’t stop me from everyday working on keeping it and earning others.  I am fighting for the people of Cudahy!  Not for myself or some politician.


Respect - That doesn’t change your actions, facts or your disrespect to Mr. Goss and me.  One should understand that words have meaning and consequences.  Mr. Williamson do you think what you wrote to Mr. Goss was professional and respectful?  Please answer the question!


Are you attempting to make a hostile work environment for your coworkers like Mr. Goss?


The truth is naked.


To me and any reasonable people, you didn’t show professionalism to Mr. Goss and it was unacceptable to everyone, but I guess it was seen as fine by Mayor McCue.


When you govern by fear, you lose all respect of and from those you govern!


A tagline/trailer of  "Start by doing what is necessary; then do the possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible” I find funny coming from you since you would not help Mr. Goss.  Plus they are just words unless you follow through with it.


And I think you ending your rebuttal with, “Words on a page just ain't gonna cut it” since that is what you are doing!


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