True to form, Mayor Hood arrived at a parliamentary training class last week smiling as if City's Hall's ninth floor were her own living room. She introduced the parliamentarian, Randi Sutphin, who taught Hood how to run a committee, the mayor said, more than 20 years ago. "She does such an excellent job," Hood told about 35 people representing the city's various advisory boards.
Then Hood left.
Which is too bad.
Hood could have used the training; most of Sutphin's two-hour seminar spoke directly to problems that continue to afflict the Orlando City Council.
Chief among them is Hood's constant interruption of others and her refusal to allow democratic discussions.
Time and again, Sutphin returned to the idea that a committee chairman should let everyone speak without interruption. The chairman should even encourage silent members to join in.
"It's important that people speak and are really heard, so that even if they are against [an issue], they will not try to sabotage it," Sutphin said.
The question is, will anyone get the mayor to listen to Sutphin's advice?
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at [email protected].
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.
Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.