At first, the majority of us try and change the person living with dementia back into one of us. However, the role of change in dementia care is mostly about discovering what your loved one likes to do and figuring out how to guide them. By Bob DeMarco
Dementia is a horrible affliction for a person and those around that person. The regression to behaviors and attitudes from one’s past, the inability to make good judgments, and as they fight the dementia, tends to make them angry with misplaced aggression to others.
Dementia often looks like behavior that would normally be described as ‘being an asshole,’ or acting unreasonably. Sadly though, such determinations are made from surface behaviors and then in small amounts of contact. It’s through the longer term evaluation that dementia is diagnosed and treated. One of the prime indicators is the sufferer taking a hard line in an alternate reality and puffing themselves up to be someone important so as not to be viewed with pity for the confused soul that exists beneath the façade.
And so it is with Mayor Joe Beavers of the City of Gold Bar.
One could take the position that he is just an ‘asshole’ as demonstrated in the case of Emily Hefner’s article in the Seattle Times, for bankrupting the City.
Arguably, no one is that stupid, particularly in public life, not even Mayor Beavers.
Let’s take a look at the past and how it relates to the present for a moment;
The Mayor we know is a native of Texas who migrated to Connecticut where he reportedly attended the University of New Haven. While attending night school, we understand that he joined a small engineering firm in Madison and within six years of heading up sales for the company, managed to bankrupt the company and caused the employees to lose their jobs.
Five years ago, Joe Beavers moved across the country to live in our little community. In doing so, he brought the prejudices of his rearing in Texas and very likely his developed opinions influenced by his upbringing as it related to the northeast. One must remember that people of his era growing up in Texas were subject to a number of beliefs, including bigotry associated with religion, bigotry associated with atheists, and bigotry associated with minorities. (A person with early onset dementia often reverts to their youngest upbringing. Thankfully, there haven’t been many interactions with minorities in Gold Bar, keeping one area of official misconduct out of the public’s eye.) The bigotry in the religious realm from the days of his upbringing would normally be against Jews, Catholics, atheists, and other such subsets of religion in general.
We find it hard to make the determination of whether Beavers is demented or he is just an asshole as Seattle Times Emily Heffner and Seattle Weekly's Ellis Conklin made him out to be. A real pig. Both articles were quite indicative of the belief that Gold Bar's Mayor is a whack job.
Another example, Mayor Joe Beavers stated several times over that "Crystal is a whore! Crystal is a whore! Crystal is a whore!" in executive session, thereby blustering and reverting to past beliefs with little inhibition. While this may be true, Beavers behavior is worse than the loose morals of the former Mayor (sleeping with at least five government officials all at the same time.) as illustrated by Emily Heffner, from the Seattle Times. The article left no doubt that the Times thinks he’s an asshole for bankrupting the city.
A sitting Mayor calling another government official or agency " petty" after they exposed that your office was plagued with thieves, like Laura Kelly stealing for the city's petty cash fund and then lying to the Sheriff's Officer about it, or Crystal Hill tampering with public records because she was stupid enough to place her STD results inside a public record, only solidifies our opinion that Joe Beavers is suffering from dementia and suffers from repeated failures throughout his life.
And let’s not forget that a person with dementia or outrageous behaviors may not be able to carry out the duties of the office for which they have accepted. In our system of checks and balances in government, the Council has a great deal of culpability in letting this continual series of missteps remain. It is they who have the power to either act, or warn, in protecting the city and its residents from someone unfit to govern. And yet we see no internal check or balance to his behavior. Shame on the Council.
People like Joe Beavers only reinforces the Reporters belief that we must do all that we can while we're on Planet Earth to clean up the corruption in government. Probably one of the best ways to stop corruption is for everyone to start requesting public emails.
The bigger shysters and predators using the dementia to gain financial benefit, are Michael Kenyon and Bruce Disend, the City's law firm, with a long reputation of bleeding small cities like Gold Bar dry. What Mr. Kenyon did not understand, is that the battle for public records will not end simply because he calls in a favor from friends.
Beavers has misappropriated over $750,000.00 of Gold Bar monies hiding his and others crimes against a citizen, that a according to three former Gold Bar council members, he does like because of his longstanding beliefs with she being Jewish and an Atheist.
A poor soul wracked with the inability to make proper decisions through dementia, or who tries to fight the body’s natural processes as it gets older, or racist bigot does not matter. The Mayor is and has been unfit for office for many months and years. The longer the involvement of this regime goes on, the more damage and cost ultimately is borne by the good citizens and taxpayers of the City of Gold Bar.
Council; do your damned job! Stop ignoring that the executive branch is being held by someone unfit to govern.