The Gardner City Council has officially jumped the shark.
A television writer coined the “jumping the shark” following an episode in the fifth season of Happy Days. During the episode, character, Fonzie jumps over a shark’s fin on water skis. Today the idiom means something has lost significance and quality, and resorts to ridiculousness to maintain relevance.
Such was the case at a lengthy meeting on Nov. 18.
Even when the city council meetings were devolving into fist fights outside council member residences, council was debating issues and concerns of meaning.
This meeting was a clown show. Common sense had fallen off the high wire, and the only thing missing were bow ties squirting water in the faces of citizens.
After hours of discussion and debate, the council reached a consensus to throw a business out of town, decided to research putting bullet-proof glass between citizens and city staff, did nothing about a possible legal issue concerning the structure of its electric utility board, and broadly welcomed illegal aliens to town.
That’s right. As the city was preparing to deny one man, Tyrone Jones, access to the American dream in Gardner; Mayor Chris Morrow proclaimed Gardner a “Welcoming Community” alongside a consulate from Mexico. The “Welcoming Community” movement does not differentiate between those here legally and those in the country illegally.
Please check your common sense and firearms at the Gateway to Gardner.
The entire episode was baffling – kind of like when Fonzie tried to jump the shark on water skis.