Belfast — Tensions between Belfast’s city council and the town’s mayor were made worse by a recent op-ed in the Republican Journal, leaving many in this small town uncertain as to which side they should avoid taking.
The November 22 column, titled “Hurtful comment mars celebration of businesses,” took members of the council and local community to task for a comment made by the recipient of the Citizen of the Year award and the laughter and applause that followed.
“I mean, I thought it were a pretty good joke,” Belfast resident Donna Thompson said. “But I’m no Jeff Dunham.”
Another long-time Belfast resident felt differently. “The joke was in poor taste, and an unwelcome jab at the mayor, but on the other hand, the city council meetings are like a circus now so I just don’t know who to dislike anymore.”
“A facilitated process? For friggin what?” wondered resident Kevin Pelletier.
“I seen about how that one guy has a knife and I thought ‘well that’s pretty cool,'” Pelletier said, saying he thought carrying a knife was common practice “among regular people.”
“But then I seen it was to open granola bars? Jumping Jesus.”
The role of mayor in Belfast has historically been a symbolic role, filled by a person best representing the spirit of the community.
“She can’t take a joke, so I’d say she’s the perfect person to represent Belfast,” Thompson said.