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.
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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.