You have to play to understand

For several weeks I’ve read the comments concerning the Marshalltown City Council, mostly criticizing the council members. I served on the city council many years ago and quickly learned that some of my preconceived opinions were different than what I had believed. It is like a game of chess or a sporting event, you have to play in order to really understand the inner workings. I’m acquainted with several of the council members. One, in particular, I’ve known for many years. He is very dedicated, knowledgeable, does his homework, expresses his opinion and knows the city well. Because of his knowledge and experience, he has made recommendations on issues that have been approved that has saved the citizens of Mashalltown many, many thousands of dollars. I wish that we had a councilperson of this quality on board when I served on the city council.