In last week’s paper, Kevin Tully suggested that anyone with information or thoughts on the issue(s) between the City of Johnson City and Wayne Pittman, write a letter to the editor. I thought this might be a useful thing to do, as I would like to see this matter put to rest once and for all. I don’t think I am alone with this sentiment. I believe the City of Johnson City, the citizens that administer city government, would like this as well, though I cannot speak for anyone other than myself.
I believe the way to heal this relationship is to eliminate much of the cause of Mr. Pittman’s agitation. Having spoken with Wayne, I am convinced it is the actions the city has taken against him that are the primary cause of his frustration. For example, Wayne is prohibited from setting foot on public property, ie, visiting the swimming pool with a friend or family member, or calling anyone associated with the city, among other restrictions. This simply isn’t right.
Wayne is outspoken, there is no doubt, but Wayne is not violent. It is clear that Wayne irritates some of the city government “decision” makers, but these city actions constitute overreach in my opinion. I believe the policies that govern these actions should be reviewed.
Furthermore, I believe these restrictions on his movements should be lifted, and we can make peace in our small town before the hostilities escalate. I don’t believe any of us wants that to happen.
Let’s move on and heal these open wounds.