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Bird doesn't belong on City Council

2014-06-30T00:00:00Z 2014-06-30T12:30:17Z Bird doesn't belong on City Council The Billings Gazette
June 30, 2014 12:00 am

Recently I've become a huge fan of watching the NDO proceedings before our City Council on Local Channel 707. I watch it not so much because I support or oppose the NDO, but for the opportunity to observe the individual members of the City Council deal with this hot-button issue.

Each member of the council has their own unique style, although I'm not 100 percent convinced that one of them might not be napping through some of the proceedings. After weeks of observing the council members, I have concluded that the council would be miles ahead if Becky Bird would step away from her position as council member. She is, without question, the most belligerent, most uncivil and rudest member on this council. When proceedings appear to be going against her, she withdraws and pouts — almost as if to say, “Then I'll take my ball and go home.”

In my opinion, she desperately needs to conduct herself more along the lines of council members McFadden, Pittman and Cimmino — who are unfailingly polite and civil, and who appear to be sincerely obligated to acting on behalf of the citizens in their ward. The NDO issue seems to have become an all-consuming issue to Bird, to the point where it seems to have clouded her judgment on other matters at hand. It's time for her to step down in favor of someone who is emotionally capable of handling all of the responsibilities of a city councilperson.

Ron Ostermiller


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