I want to publicly call on Chris Rodriguez to resign his position as Whitehall's Ward 1 councilman.

To the Editor:

I want to publicly call on Chris Rodriguez to resign his position as Whitehall's Ward 1 councilman. Here is why:

Mr. Rodriguez's private employment calls for him to travel, which he does extensively. The fact that Mr. Rodriguez has a job or that he travels in and of itself is not the problem. The problem is that his regular job's demands have overwhelmed his ability to fulfill and serve his public job's capacities and obligations, thereby creating a conflict with his duties. Here are the facts, by the numbers:

Per the public record in the council office, out of the 190 meetings that have been held in the last four years, Rodriguez has missed 76. Put into context, that is over a third of the meetings per year, or five months out of the 12 -- a total of a year and a half of meetings missed - which he still continued to be paid and picked up checks for. Those are taxpayer dollars, of which he received $6,451 for neglecting his duties -- duties that include attending meetings, adding his opinions and viewpoints and voting on matters, which he didn't do over a third of the time. Yet he claims that he serves the residents of Ward One seriously and well. I say there is no honor in taking taxpayer money for something you didn't earn, and if there is a shred of honor in Mr. Rodriguez, he will step down.

Mr. Rodriguez and his fellow council members are guilty of allowing this wrong to continue. Seemingly, none have the political courage, honor or the best interests of the public at heart to do what's right. This example again starkly illustrates who exactly they're there to serve.

Gerald Dixon