If Andrew Gasser had been a gladiator in a Roman arena, last night he probably would have lost his head.
(Can you tell I’ve been watching the Smithsonian TV series on the eight days that changed Rome? One episode explained that a cemetery next to a main road in York, Scotland, was an honored location for brave gladiators the archaeologists concluded. All the men had severed heads.)
It has been obvious for a long time that Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser is not going to run for re-election.
He was elected because of nepotism in the Bob Miller family, which has been shown to be but a part of the problem when a public official has pretty absolute power.
Besides being an amiable fellow, Highway Commissioner Miller ingratiated himself to at least one Township Trustee by plowing his private driveway, plus did many other favors, some known, most probably not.
More than one involved salt for which no member of previous Township Boards criticized him.
I didn’t watch last night’s Algonquin Township meeting, but the Northwest Herald seems to have covered it well in two articles:
- Algonquin Township board asks Gasser to resign, rejects road salt bills again
- Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser mails it in from Mississippi
I am sure that I am not the only one who finds the lack of bidding for the road salt inexplicable.
Andrew Gasser makes no secret of the attraction Mississippi has.
Will he decide the continual flogging by the Northwest Herald and the Township Board is worth avoiding by resigning?
Would that mean a return to the Miller dynasty?
Only time will tell.