The Grand Traverse County Commission can’t even agree on whether they get along. They’re a turkey and some mashed potatoes away from the typical social dynamic at extended family Thanksgiving dinner. On the one hand, we have Hentschel, Clous, La Pointe and Jewett. On the other, mostly, we have Coffia, Hundley, and Wheelock Jr.
Grand Traverse County Commission Chair Robert Hentschel attributes the discord to Democratic politics. He says that the Democrats feel threatened, so they’re engaging in their propaganda machine in order to stir up discontent when they lose votes.
Propaganda machine? Aren’t we overthinking it just a smidge? This is a local county board and not the U.S. Appropriations Committee. The points of contention are the invocation policy, the meeting times, controversial appointments to the TADL Board, how many animal control trucks to buy and chairperson issues. Not exactly the stuff CNN split screen argument segments are made of.
The big decisions matter a great deal to those in the crossfire – the pension, the jail, the pool. Ultimately, all of our taxes could be impacted. But the drama doesn’t seem to be about any of that. Maybe we just haven’t gotten to it yet. I don’t really have a point, just that those of us with no dog in the fight will continue to watch with amusement.