The headline "Mayor wants yellow-ribbon decals pulled from Toronto city vehicles" is very misleading. According to the article:
Toronto Mayor David Miller is backing a plan by the city's fire and ambulance chiefs...
Farr and his colleague, fire Chief Bill Stewart, told a press conference Tuesday that neither city council, nor city staff ordered the stickers removed.
Instead, the chiefs said the campaign ... was done on their authority and would be ended on their authority, as planned, in the autumn.
I don't see an issue with removing the stickers from city vehicles. While I know many people will object to their removal, I'm sure many of these same people would have no qualms about objecting to municipal vehicles being adorned with stickers that support abortion, gay marriage and crack-pipe programs.
I always took the yellow ribbons to show support for the TROOPS!! Whether they are in Timbuktu or Afghanistan. I work for a small municipal government and can see how this can happen. A small group of morons call the city or town office to complain about something and the "leaders" cave at the first inkling of any complaining.
I don't think the headline is misleading at all...he supports removing the ribbons and he's the major...
The article says it is, "...a plan by the city's fire and ambulance chiefs to remove yellow 'Support-our-Troops' decals from the backs of nearly 350 municipal vehicles." The mayor is simply backing up the chiefs of fire and ambulance services on a decision they made.
Not interfereing with the scheduled end of a time-limited activity doesn't imply support for ending it. It simply reflects the absence of an initiative to extend the activity. In this instance, the people who had the authority to end the activity decided to end the activity.
Consider the following "headlines",
"School Board Chairperson Wants Schools Closed June 29"
"Premier Wants End To Daylight Savings Time November 4"
"Prime Minister Wants Tax Penalties Effective May 1"
None of these make sense as they simply state that the person does not oppose the implementation of a previous determined plan.
I do not live in Toronto, but I do believe that city vehicles (which are purchased with public funds) should be neutral and impartial, just like any government vehicle for that matter. If city employees want to put "Support our Troops" stickers up their own personal vehicles, be my guest, but I support the mayor on this one.
Hours before ending the support the troop decal he raised the flag at city hall.So in short he was ending support for one and giving it to another.Yes now the council have over turned it all which was the right thing to do.
You seem to have a special insight into the mayor's motivations, sumnterfan, so I won't pursue this with you any further. I'll just agree with Sickboy44's point that public vehicles should remain neutral.