One particularly ubiquitous trait exhibited by public servants and pols are attempts to talk with authority about subjects they know nothing about. A recent example of this syndrome occurred in Farmington, where City Manager Dave Millheim, angry that the Legacy Events Center hosts a mixed-martial arts fight card on June 1, referred to the sporting event as something for "rednecks, alcohol and a chain link fence."
What a foolish public statement. We are pleased to see that Millheim has apologized for his poor choice of words. We are also pleased that Millheim told the Standard-Examiner Wednesday that he plans to attend the event so he can see for himself what it is like.
We wish he would have thought of that before he insulted hundreds of athletes, their families, their friends, and the fans of MMA, a competitive, regulated sport that usually has several well-attended cards each month in Utah, from St. George to Logan.
Millheim's words last week, as well as other comments from Farmington City Council member Jim Talbot, dripped with condescension and moralistic elitism.
We would love to introduce the Farmington officials to some of the hard working and healthy living MMA athletes. Two such Davis County MMA professionals are David Castillo and Sean Powers. The former has organized an annual Thanksgiving charity that supplies hundreds of needy families with great dinners. The latter organized a gym fundraiser in 2012 to benefit Vista Education Campus, in Farmington. Powers' brother, who is autistic, attended the school.
There are MMA cards in Weber County and at the Davis Conference Center. They occur without problems. The fans behave themselves. We suspect the anger behind the reaction of Farmington officials is because the city can't stop beer from being sold at Davis County's Legacy Events Center.
The prospect of law-abiding adults purchasing beer, it seems, represents lower standards to these pols. That's a sad attitude.