The shoddy process of recall of the Alpena mayor and two councilmen appears to be another example of how low politics has gotten in the USA. No matter what organizers of the recall petition say the bottom line is a difference of opinion about how government should function. Without going into detail about problems directly related to the fired city manager it should be pointed out that the City has procedures for making personnel changes of any type. Most changes require approval from the City Council. When an employee does not follow established procedures it is possible for the council to fire anyone - including the City Manager.