Candor is a two way street. Wausau has a few one-way streets.

Seriously, our social media culture has been a boom and a bust to candor. Our freewheeling blogs and open Facebook debate groups have changed the way we communicate. Every citizen today has the ability to sound off to the masses in hundreds of formats and modes; from the confines of their home computers or from the Apple Watch while biking in the park…. or focus his feedback in an email instantly to a particular person directly.

But of late in the political world, social media has enabled anyone to unleash in wildly off-the-cuff rants. They fill the reply sections of local newspapers with spammed, cut and paste ideologies that we’ve come accustomed to ignoring as we scroll the screens; or we become consumed by the outrageousness that we cannot focus. The social media phenomenon has uninhibited commentary and 1st amendment rights and opportunities. But uninhibited speech is not always candid.

What schools are combating today is that social media doesn’t provide for decorum. Statements are made for personal agendas without regard for the people potentially affected. They are made callously without real sincerity. Candor requires frankness and openness but, lacking today, is the key component of candor, sincerity, or helpful purpose. Commentary from the heart, not the hip.

Candor is a key leader quality in evaluating mission decisions. We need leaders who aren’t afraid to hear bad news if an agency isn’t ready. Good leaders don’t shoot the messenger; we don’t always have to agree with the message, but consider them we must! We can’t act on information if it is sugar coated or omitted for the sake of hiding dirty laundry or saving face. If something is broken, we need to fix it. If I am told a department is ready for a particular task, I will expect we deploy those assets accordingly. If one finds out after the fact that there were short comings hidden for the sake of saving face, the citizens lose confidence in government ever getting things done.

I have been a frequent Wausau Daily Herald commentator, and I work to provide candid feedback to local issues. I strive to think about the person on the other end of the reply. How are they interpreting the writing? Is the context right? Have I been too strong in my opinion or too weak? Is the hill worth dying on?

I will provide leadership with candor and welcome and expect it from all city employees and citizens looking to make positive and responsible change for our city. We’re stewards of this gem called Wausau; our unique and positive blend of cultures, industry, and natural resources will sustain us if we are wise stewards.

Candor is key. Vote for Doug Diny – for City Council, Wausau District 4.