Cook mailings hit the mark
The paper documented the first of what will surely be more mailings nailing City Council candidates for this, that and the other thing — in the true spirit of election season.
The Journal Star’s take on the mailing was that it was misleading, because it said Councilman Jonathan Cook has missed 80 percent of the “City County meetings.” The reporter said that could lead some people to believe they’re referring to City Council meetings.
Well those words are pretty close, but it is accurate. Did they mean to mislead? Maybe. However, I think it’s a legitimate issue to raise. Cook is notorious at city hall for missing meetings that are held in the morning. It’s a running joke. Why? He says he works late into the night. However, if you’re elected to the City Council, it doesn’t really matter whether you’re a teacher or a janitor or an attorney or a software developer — you should attend as many meetings as possible.
Including “City County” meetings — the monthly meetings between the City Council and County Board. Lots of important issues are discussed at those meetings — like the implementation of the RUTS roads program, the financing of the new county jail and the numerous interlocal agreements the city and county have. And that’s just the Common meeting — nobody has analyzed his attendance at the Super Common meetings (which add the school district to the mix) or numerous other subcommittees he’s on. If they meet in the morning, he’s probably not there.
So I think it’s perfectly legitimate to question why Cook misses so many meetings — especially when he has put out several mailings proclaiming that he has the “best City Council meeting attendance record” (I must have missed that award ceremony). Apparently, attendance records do matter.