I was shocked and then saddened to learn of city manager Thad Taylor's un-ceremonial dismissal. Thad has served the city well, and in my opinion, can be extremely proud of his service to our city. It was without question an undeserving end to a job well done. I applaud Councilman Sexton and Mayor Pro Tem Eiler for adding some dignity to the situation; as well as proving loyal to Thad's faithful service. I know Alpena's loss will be another area's gain. It seems some concrete examples of direction offered by council not followed by Mr. Taylor would have been warranted, given his performance and reviews. I guess we can sit back and see where Council's "vision" takes us. This old sailor wishes "Fair Winds and Following Sea's" to Thad and his wife. One has to wonder who would step into the position, given the treatment displayed to Thad.