It is good to see Ward 5 Commerce city councilman Richard Massey back at work.
Massey has been recuperating from a January stroke. With his absence and the Ward 4 vacancy, the council has been reduced to four active members. In addition to leaving a large part of the city without representation, the absences create a leadership void.
Massey has been a steady voice of reason on the council for years, and his absence was all the more critical because of the Ward 4 vacancy. His return strengthens the council and improves the process of governance.