Have you ever seen someone somewhere and said, “Where do I know that person from?” On September 23, 2010, my classmates and I attended a Huntsville City Council regular meeting held in the City Council Chambers. I expected to see businessmen, politicians and other white-collar individuals from around the city. I expected to be bored and not hear anything interesting. One thing I learned very early was always judge first-hand. Do not go on what you think. I realized early in that there were a few familiar faces. Pastor Harold Goodloe, pastor of the New Life Seventh Day Adventist Church in Huntsville, Alabama, did the invocation. I was surprised to have a fellow Adventist participating in such a public government event.
The council meeting began and I was immediately was struck by the many different individuals in attendance from all walks of life. While almost everyone in the building was there for a specific reason or issue, there was one tie to everyone: Money and the local economy. The Firefighters from the city of Huntsville were in attendance protesting the projected budget and their cut of that. A worker from the Mental Hospital in Huntsville gave a very logical plea to the Council about that funding of the mental institution. Many issues made sense, but this was one issue were I feel people were unanimous with their support. The gentleman went on to explain that lack of funding to the Mental Hospital would be directly seen by residents through rises in crime done by people who should have been patients.
The shock of the night for me was when I heard the hearing for Mr. Fowler and Fowler Enterprises. They were brought to the City Council for suspension of license for lack of tax payments. I looked up and actually knew the business and the gentleman. I had supported the business in the past and had good things to say about Neon Sound Systems. However, he was standing in front of the Council explaining why he...