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Dear Editor:

“Make your vote count.”

“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who don’t vote.” —George Jean Nathan

Standing ovations to Cynda Green for her letter of 3/27/14 stating “Reject Weiler.” She’s done her homework and articulates herself well. What’s really scary is she’s right and makes perfect sense. She nails it with the “Weiler Recreation Center” and what a “great legacy to his wealth.” C’mon Mark, I double-dare you to go for it. If anyone can afford it, you can and then you can drive by it everyday and look at your name in big letters.

Personally, I’ve had the “pleasure” of working for Mark Weiler. I was a receptionist then, with 20 years of experience as a secretary with the University of Texas working for physicians and scientists. I can match my nouns with my verbs while multi-tasking and answering phones. I received many compliments on my work performance from others, yet I was in fear daily of losing my job under Mark’s supervision. Working for him was a very stressful experience. At times, I watched as he relentlessly embarrassed employees in front of us all (That’s a pretty good intimidation tactic, wouldn’t you say? Pretty demeaning too.) I took the initiative and requested a meeting with him to be certain I was performing my job “to his liking.” Mark gave me one of his infamous smiles and set an appointment. No sooner had I sat across from him at the “big desk” when he slid me my walking papers. No discussion. No explanation. Just “stick a fork in me, cuz I’m done.” That must be why they told me in the Army, “Never Volunteer.”

Now as he runs for mayor, I’m watching that same “pasted on smile” as he glad-hands the voters with his Game Face on, and boy can he talk a good game. But I know the real man and he can be pretty scary. Fear and intimidation are his tools of choice. From his mailouts, I see he feigns enlightenment with fancy quotes. But know this, Mark: “The dust of truth swirls and seeks its own paths of entry.” We are wise to you.

There are still a lot of us here in Town that remember the past. “And we remain wise, knowing when to let go of those things that do not serve us, but force us to serve them.” Meditate on that, Mark. Your decisions are based solely on profits, and human factors like buying food or starving have no bearing on profits. With Mark, the bottom line is the bottom dollar. And nobody will benefit with him as mayor. Nobody.

I voted for Shari Pierce.

Cindi Granquist

This story was posted on April 3, 2014.