Rude: State of mind or mental condition? 

Ernest T. Bass wanted a diploma and only an education stood in the way. Along the path to knowledge, E.T. found a certain Miss Crump wanted things done in good order. When our favorite rock thrower couldn’t keep still or quiet, Helen told him he was being rude.

Pleased as punch, Ernest T. told his young female classmate, “I got a rude. Bet you ain’t never got no rude.” You’re right Mr. Bass. There’s a bunch of folks who were very deserving but “ain’t never got no rude.” We plan to remedy that oversight by honoring a few who have taken rude to a new level.

Webster says rude is “offensively impolite or ill-mannered.” From what we have seen in the past few weeks, rude doesn’t quite make it. There’s offensive, then there’s combative, as in the case of city council seat occupier Mr. Roy. It only took a couple of sentences from MGM (no, not THAT MGM) representative Jeff Glover for Roy’s duct tape to come unstuck.

Glover was asking for review of a zoning request for a housing project on Germantown Rd.  Roy asked a question, but before he got an answer there was another question. Pointedly, Roy asked Glover if he denied asking hizzownself and Ms. Bloxom to “commit a felony.” As we understand, Roy was saying the aforementioned pair had been asked to skip a meeting on MGM’s zoning request.

Don’t quite know if Glover had time to respond. He opened his mouth but Roy’s voice came out. In fact, Roy’s voice overrode Glover repeatedly. When Glover did manage to make a statement about the council’s history of quorum dodging, Roy ended the inquisition and in the style of another seat abuser, was done.

Following an exchange in which Glover mentioned the magic “federal lawsuit” concept, he was invited to sit down or be escorted to his seat. Guess you had to be there to hear (and feel) the tone of Roy’s question-and-comment session. His constant interruption and decibel level indicated a scorn for the man who asked to be heard by the council. 

There’s something lost in today’s politics and that’s civility. It’s just too easy to overspeak and, when pressed because the issue is slipping away, to demean and deride and that was our lesson last meeting. One must remember, however, that to demean is to be churlish and derision often deflects on the derider. 

Roy needs to practice his manners, especially when engaging in public discourse. There is a thing called discovery.

In addition to that little escapade Monday, we were underprivileged to see what could have been billed as a battle to repel invaders of our beloved historical district. The sparring match centered on someone wanting a zoning variance to turn Grace Estate into an event center in addition to a bed and breakfast. 

It would have been nice to have seen those interested in preserving history work equally as hard to restore civil discourse to the debate. Instead, we had to witness another display of over-talking and group buzz that often interfered with speakers at the podium. It was also slightly amusing to see how easily some folks can talk through an irritating little instrument that buzzes when a speaker’s allotted time is up.

Maybe it’s a good thing to protect our historical district, even if it takes a dose of rude to do so. 

Finally, although it creates a cramp in our typing hand to do so, we have to give credit to the city seat holders for reversing themselves on an issue that approves free money to some of our less fortunate furry friends. Following a workshop/special session, this seldom civic-minded group agreed to accept funds that will assist in renovating our local animal shelter.

Even though it might be termed too little and a lot late, the council is doing the right thing. We’re glad someone discovered either a conscience or elicited a lucid decision. Whatever, thank you. There was a rumor afoot that the reason for the change of heart was a petition asking that city council offices be moved to the animal shelter either as is or in renovated form. We’re still checking on that.