The frequent and unnecessary use of foul language in routine conversation usually means that the speaker is either a very angry person or a person without the intellectual means to find other, more appropriate words to make his or her point. I’m not sure to which side Cobb Commission candidate Bill Byrne falls. I fear it’s somewhere in the middle of the two.
It seems that every time I open the MDJ to catch up on the latest goings-on in the race, Byrne is quoted using some form of profanity. As I think about the future of my community, Byrne’s abrasiveness worries me. A major part of Byrne’s intended job, as it is in almost any work environment, will be collaborating with others to get tasks accomplished.
While it’s necessary to be firm — to have one’s say and be true to oneself — it’s also important not to alienate the other side.
From what I’ve read and heard of Byrne’s cantankerous nature, I believe he may make far more enemies for his district than he would friends. Are west Cobb voters really willing to elect someone whose hostility could jeopardize the reputation of our community?