Today, the City Council, with six new members, met for the first time as the Colorado Springs Utilities Board of Directors.
Chairman Keith King laid down the ground rules, among them that members would refer to one another as "Chairman King," or "Board Member [Val] Snider." That, he said, is part of his effort for the board to "relay a professional image."
Fair enough. King's suggestion for a greater level of decorum might also be read as a desire for members to choose their words wisely.
But 23 minutes into the meeting, after a resolution honoring the city's wastewater workers was read, new member Helen Collins asked that the handful of workers who represented that division by attending today's meeting stand and introduce themselves.
And then she said, "A lot of times it's the little people that count in our city."
Alrighty, then. Welcome to the fishbowl, Ms. Collins. We would have hung out for recess and asked her about the comment, but she's told us twice she doesn't give interviews, because, "I want to be quoted accurately."
The quote is accurate. We recorded it and can't help but be reminded that, a similar phrase was uttered by the Queen of Mean, Leona Helmsley, who was quoted by her housekeeper during her tax evasion trial as saying, "Only the little people pay taxes." Helmsley was convicted, went to prison, and died in 2007.