It’s about constructively subverting and restraining free speech. It’s about rogue councilmen lending taxpayer’s money to the owner of the local radio station for his pet project, and the adverse consequences thereto.
It’s about the City governed by bad passion, roguery and financial impropriety. Hence, the City Council is fixed obstinately in their errors, and cannot cure them.
*Jefferson wrote that “A suppression of a free press could no more completely deprive the nation of it’s benefits.” In our city, city’s financial resources have been plundered, frittered away or incurred by bad debt.
Local radio this month has been subverted by a $10,000 pay-off loan of taxpayers money to keep it quiet. The radio owner arranged this loan for his pet project and the councilmen can rest assured the radio station will be a honey-mouth supporter of the council.
Further, should three councilmen chose to campaign for reelection, can local radio bite the hand that feeds it?
The narrow and destructive manifestation is a resurgent of the radio station’s owner influence over the city council, such that the city and it taxpayers are burdened with a $28,000,000 debt over 30 years for a new playhouse that never happened for — primarily the exclusive use of the owner’s pet project, his pet organization.
Very few residents know the behind the scenes machinations that have occurred. But we do know that it has in fact happened.
The city is not designed to be in the bank loaning business. However as indefensible as it is — four city councilmen will defend their money-lending banking practices.
Our city leaders are not bad people, they are simply self-righteously ignorant and obstinate in the affairs of government.
The “creepy” thing is about four city councilmen buying out the paramount right of listeners to receive accurate information of public concern pertaining to local government.
When four errant councilmen give the owner and broadcaster a $10,000 loan for his playhouse pet project (an electronic sign) absent a written contract, how can the radio station be critical of local government to keep people informed.
What the councilmen did is unambiguously wrong and downright “shy of creepy”. In fact, many of their well-intended decisions gone wrong have irreparably harmed the city and its taxpayers.
The upside, the councilmen has served honorable, but at the same time following bad passions, poor judgment, and they have displayed the face of roguery.
The blame is shared by A. Patrick Muñoz, outside legal council for the city. He, in many ways, runs the city and controls the city council.
Is it finally time to seek the services of an attorney whom has a paramount zeal to serve the city in a professional manner? And Is it finally time to recruit new faces on the council, and give others a shot at fair government?
The good old boy network is more powerful than our local government.
* Jefferson Writings: Letter to John Norvell, Washington, June 14, 1807 (pgs. 1176-1178)
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