Good to see Roy Robinson back in the mayor’s office

Burke Wasson

Burke Wasson

By BURKE WASSON

When it comes to discussing politics, people often turn their arguments into personal attacks.

But when we make things personal, we often forget the derivative of the word personal — which would be person.

I was unfortunately reminded of this in the past few weeks when I heard that Crestwood Mayor Roy Robinson was hospitalized with pneumonia.

As a public figure in a city that is politically split, the man is obviously a lightning rod for opinion. I have heard some people praise Robinson and have witnessed others belittle him.

I’m not saying that either side is right or wrong because everyone should be encouraged to have and share their own opinions.

But what I will say is that it’s good to see Roy back in the mayor’s office.

No matter how you feel about the man’s political actions or beliefs, one thing sticks out to this reporter — Roy Robinson is very likable.

I remember the first conversation I had with him this past winter. I was covering my first of many Crestwood aldermanic meetings. Although I’ve covered more of those than I care to remember in a number of cities, there’s something about that first meeting in a place new to you that makes even the most seasoned of journalists a little nervous.

After the meeting was over, I walked up to Robinson’s seat on the board and simply wanted to introduce myself. I remember his eyes lit up when I told him I work for the Call as he smiled and said something about how it’s nice to have new blood in Crestwood.

Those words made me realize I was welcome in Crestwood, which is always a big springboard for any reporter on a new beat.

Since then, Robinson has made time to chat with me in his office, at meetings and even in parking lots. If it’s a weekend or weekday, he has always returned my phone calls.

As a reporter, that’s really all you can ask from a source, and Robinson has done that for me.

While I’ve not agreed with everything the man has said and occasionally wish he’d tell me a little more information, I respect Roy Robinson a great deal. Crestwood is better with him than without him.

So, the next time you catch yourself in a personal attack, ask yourself who the person you’re taking a stab at really is. Chances are that person — like Roy Robinson — is just another human being trying to do his best.