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To the editor:
Your editorial regarding Sunset Beach Mayor Rich Cerrato was, to say the least, interesting.
You advised him not to overstep his bounds, polish his approach and cease swinging at those around him. Your comments were accurate. But you ignore why council has taken the actions it has taken, even those reactive in nature.
You’re talking about the man who started his relations with this community more than eight years ago by blocking traffic over the old bridge while handing out campaign literature. He criticized police for removing him.
This is the champion of transparent government who participated in a meeting of citizens against the park, which barred entrance to neutral citizens who only wanted more information. The proper stance was to see everyone was allowed entrance, or if that defied his high and mighty ideals—leave.
This is the same champion of openness who, in the last few weeks, met certain citizens at their homes within a couple of days of their letters being in the Beacon. Gee, is the public getting public opinion or ghost letters?
At his swearing-in, he caused a public spectacle.
I’ll admit the council has reacted, but with his history and continually putting his own opinions above theirs, the burden is on him to settle down.
As mayor it is his responsibility to ensure all facts and sides are brought into a debate for a decision to be made by council, not to think his opinion is the only one that counts.
Ronald F. Klein
Former mayor, Sunset Beach