I didn't intend to mouth off about the mayoral race but some of the asinine statements have prompted me to respond. I worked with Jim Smith since 1989 in what I consider honorable work representing human services and local government. I never once witnessed him to be racist or any of the other wild accusations being thrown around. Anal, workaholic, yes! Always researching issues to the extreme, yes! Open to others' ideas, yes! I am disgusted and discouraged that some Helenans are resorting to tactics that are not worthy of us or our city. We are lucky to have two fine people willing to compete for Mayor. We are not so lucky to have those who believe they must resort to tearing someone down in order to "win."