I think many citizens of Roswell,NM are still wondering what happened to Keith Bell. I overheard a conversation at a checkout line in Walmart between the cashier and an entire family of people who loved the guy. The father had called the Roswell Daily Record and, from what I could make out, was given the run around and no direct answer as to why Keith was no longer employed there.
Bell was the first go public with our community’s general dissatisfaction of our school district’s leadership which may have had a lot to do with his termination. Two school board members, including the esteemed Eloy Ortega Jr., have resigned their posts in somewhat silent opposition to the Burris administration.
Anyway, back to Keith Bell who has quite the following and not just in Roswell. I found one of his cartoons posted on a national website whose niche appears to be “cartoonists who are willing to risk their employment” by drawing “right on the margin of civility” cartoons.
Many of you must know or have heard of the irascible former city council member Robert Maples. Maples, a former protestant NMMI chaplain according to aforementioned website, and former Roswell Mayor Bill Owen were frequently irritated by the petty discord present in city council meetings and interactions.
Maples apparently uttered something about everybody pissing on each other at city council meetings after a particularly abrasive exchange between various members. Perhaps this will make the appearance of the urinal in the below drawing more comprehensible. The caption directs Bob(Robert Maples) to piss in the urinal and not on the other 9 members of council. To one unaware of the actual circumstances, the cartoon seems to be a low blow directed at Maples when Keith’s actual intent was to convey the disharmony and infighting present within our turn of millennium city council.