Richard Thomas’ “Call to arms” article was interesting and exceedingly informative. His statements regarding Don Buie and the responses of the mayor and the city manager really seem oxymoronic.
The mayor claims there is a seven-year limit concerning background checks; consequently, they were unaware of Buie’s felony conviction and incarceration. Mr. Thomas notes that since 1999 there are no such restrictions.
Mr. Lott says the ADICA board is accountable for Mr. Buie’s indiscretions, “not him.” Yet, Lott hired and fired Buie. The ADICA board merely rubber-stamped his decisions.
Except for Roger Marietta, there is a deafening silence by his fellow commissioners. This is a critical moment in Albany’s history. Bold, decisive leadership is needed; unfortunately, it seems to be woefully lacking. Mr. Thomas call to arms to the citizens of Albany is most timely. I strongly agree. If not now, when?