Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I Jab You, You Jab Me ...

Many of you remember when I was mayor that many disputes had a certain resemblance to two young kids poking each other. The same thing happens now that I am the Executive Director of the humane society. The only difference is that the level of insanity seems to be higher when dealing with animal rather than urban issues.

For a classic example, I give you this letter that arrived in my mail recently:
Spot the classic signs of the jab fest? They include:

  • No signature
  • Unverifiable claims
  • False concern for others

How much do you want to bet that the complainer runs a similar food business and has lost business to the yellow trailer. Why not simply keep a sample of the offending food and send it in for analysis. Why not ... In any case, this missive ended up in my trash can.

I long ago adopted a very simple rule. If I get an anonymous accusation against my staff, I investigate it because there might be a possible justifiable case for anonymity. If I get an anonymous accusation against some other person or organization, it goes directly to the trash can.

If you are unwilling to stand up and identify yourself, why should I waste my time on your complaint. I think that too many people today hide behind anonymity. If you have something to say, stand up and say it proudly. Deal with any consequences in the open. Don't hide behind anonymity and act maliciously like a cowardly teenager.

What do you think?


  1. People fear retribution when they stand up for things, especially if they live in a small town, but I suspect the cloak of anonymity is probably a veil for an ulterior motive in this case.

  2. Wow, that is quite a letter. I don't have much of an opinion on how to handle it,

  3. I like your theory of investigating what you are responsible for and ignoring the rest. That sounds like a very sensible plan.


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