Recently I wrote a letter to the Editor "Mayor Must Go" in which I was highly critical of Mayor Gabriel Campana. I've even been in contact with the mayor via emails and our latest conversation leads me to believe I was wrong about my assumptions and feelings about our mayor. I'm not going to sit here and tell you that I agree with every decision our mayor may make or that I agree with everything that occurs within the confines of our city; however, I do not believe he is the problem.
I believe the true problem with politics in Williamsport is City Council. I'm not blaming all our problems on council but I don't believe it helps when council is shooting down legislation that would help improve the city job market, crime and violence, etc. I am a believer that if the money is being spent on something that improves the city and well being of the citizens, it is worth the money being spent.
I also believe other organizations, such as Lycoming Housing Authority and others that are not controlled by our city government need to do more to help improve the city, specifically in the way of changing the 'run down' visual nature of the city and its properties.
If you asked me a week ago if I "would vote for the mayor to be reelected for a 3rd term" I would have said, without hesitation, "no". If you asked me today, I'd have to put serious thought into it and consider whether I believe he has improved this city at all. Through talking to him and listening to what he has to say, I believe he has. I do believe some things have changed for the worse and I'm not necessarily blaming that on our mayor but I'm also not absolving him. The hockey venture was a fiasco to say the least. The taxes we have been burdened with is obviously a significant issue, as it should be.
If you asked me if I'd vote for a single person on the City Council, I would tell you with 100 percent conviction "absolutely not". While I do not believe it is fair to blame them for all our problems, I believe they are a bigger part of the issues that have not changed or have gotten worse than any other entity. If there is going to be a change in the political culture of Williamsport, I believe it has to start with the City Council.
Wesley W. Hickok
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