AND OTHER WEIRD STUFF
By David G. Hanger
April 24, 2007
Apparently, Rick Krueger thinks retired schoolteachers should not be entitled to run for public office, particularly school board, and that seems a little inconsistent. Rick's a retired ferryboat worker, so they are both former state bureaucrats. Now if Rick means to suggest that bureaucrats and retired bureaucrats should not be allowed to run for public office or participate in politics in general, I might be willing to sign off on that, but I doubt he will get many of his fellow bureaucrats to jump on his wagon. So singling out Karen Eakes in this regard does not seem to have any particular relevance except perhaps a little meanness.
Al Johnson, on the other hand, he might just be on to something here. These issues of honor, integrity, and criminality in our public officials, elected and otherwise, is certainly something concerned citizens should be concerned about. If some school board official has not paid some user fee, then that official should be held accountable and pay that $50 to $150 user fee; and then said official should hang his or her head in shame for being so naughty. If you are not adequately contrite, you might not get re-elected, how terrible.
I haven't quite figured out
yet who's sleeping with the devil and who's just sleeping with
the neighbor's rooster, but the ghost of Superintendent Harry
Martin stirs the soup of innuendo thick. Oh yes, Superintendent
Harry Martin is one dead duck, and the permanence of that condition
is confirmed by the power of the ghost. Well might it thrash
and rail, but leader or led, in the end a simple abuse to the
senses, over and done.
A) Who on the Borough Assembly did not know about this? When did they first find out? The arrearage was clearly common knowledge to some by the first week in March. How much earlier? Is there a hidden agenda here for which someone is getting a free ride? Someone is getting a free ride.
B) If indeed we are concerned about honor, integrity, and criminality in our public officials, should we not be concerned about hidden agendas that cost $200,000 and counting, particularly when our elected officials are salivating over the tax increases they are already expecting to cover prior screw-ups? If we are going to hold some school board person accountable for a hundred bucks, a missing couple hundred grand seems to be something to be concerned about, don't you think?
C) Glen Thompson has the stones
to say it, and he is correct to do so. ...."someone should
lose their job for not keeping proper track of such a high profile
project." Yes, indeed.
A) Since when is the Borough Assembly, the Borough mayor, the Borough manager, the attorney, and the finance director authorized to conspire with a private individual to withhold significant financial information from a lending institution for the purpose of securing a major loan for which that individual or entity would otherwise not qualify? Since when does the Borough or any of its employees conspire with any individual to withhold information that might affect that individual's loan standing? Is that not sometimes called conspiracy to commit bank fraud?
B) Al Johnson's campaign for
accountability and integrity has eminent applicability here.
We're not talking about pictures of naked women. We are
talking about our Borough government doing very special favors
for special people, in this instance letting this guy slide on
$200,000 in unpaid interest payments plus withholding information
from lending institutions that would adversely affect a bank
loan to an individual. Using our local government and your
tax dollars to cheat anyone (in this instance pretty much every
one save a chosen few) deserves the thorough scrutiny of any
campaign like Al Johnson's that is so concerned about such issues
as honor and integrity.
David G. Hanger
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