Some letters concerning the recent mayoral debate huffily decried perceived lack of respect shown by the opponent to the current mayor. Presumably the opponent should have addressed the mayor by his title rather than his Christian name even though, as mayor and council person, they should certainly be on a first name basis if they are to work closely together and communicate effectively.
The mayor, on the other hand, clearly objected to any criticism of his reign by accusing his opponent of slander. Perhaps he can be forgiven for his assumption that anything he does is above reproach.
There is this strange Enumclaw tradition whereby council persons often address the mayor as “yerhonor” as if the mayor is some sort of wise judge, whose actions or opinions cannot be questioned.
I look forward to the next year, hoping the mayor will more properly be addressed as “Madame Mayor” or “Mayor Reynolds” or just “Liz.”