If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck….

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Giving Volume To Your Voice


Nora Powell Democrat candidate for City Council at-Large has a campaign slogan.  Giving Volume to Your Voice.    To simplify the meaning of her campaign slogan, lets dissect it word by word.

Giving: Freely transfer the possession of (something) to (someone); hand over to.

Volume: The amplitude or loudness of a sound (voice).

Your: Something belonging to you

Voice:  The right or opportunity to express a choice or opinion

A campaign slogan says a lot about the person running.  In effect it is a medium use to advertise oneself.  Often times a slogan rings true and other times it is simply words used to convey a message which the candidate hopes will convince the citizen to cast their thumbs up at the polls.

A candidate asking for your vote needs to be thoroughly examined.

  Afterall, we are placing millions and millions (roughly $30  million) of dollars into their hands.  We are giving them the right to make decisions that will affect our city now and into the future.  We wouldn’t purchase a new car without thorough research and it would be foolish not to apply that same principle at the polls.

Samuel Adams penned these words in 1775:

Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust be men of unexceptionable characters. The public cannot be too curious concerning the character of public men.*

It is imperative we line up their words with their actions, and this is what I will attempt to do in the next few paragraphs.

Nora Powell has supported the actions of Muncie City Council at a nearly every vote.  President Sam Marshall refused to allow citizens to speak.  As one citizen stood before the council and began to present his ideas,  President Marshall gave his gavel a rap.  Councilperson Brad Polk asked that the citizen be allowed to continue, and Mr, Marshall came back with “When you become president, you can let him speak.”

As president of common council, Alison Quirk denied public input, too.   So, is Nora Powell’s claim to add volume to your voice something you can be assured of should she be elected?  I think not.

If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck…

Just this Spring, a Community Update was held at Taste of the South.  An invitation to all the candidates was extended.  Missing from the crowd of hopefuls, was Nora Powell and every Democrat Headquarters elected official asking for your vote.

If Nora Powell is unwilling to meet with the citizens in a non-partisan atmosphere how will she know, let alone understand, your voice?   Does she really care?  Or is it just Nora Powell’s desire to add volume to her voice and lead you believe your voice is really important because she needs your vote?

We are well schooled at how city council governs, and we can safely assume, based on Nora Powell’s actions, we will be getting much of the same.

If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck…

Nearly every month, the Mayor’s Chat is held at Carnegie Library.  This is an opportunity for the people of Muncie to meet the department heads and learn about the progress or the issues facing our city.  A rather informal gathering in a relaxed atmosphere.

Nora Powell shows up with a handful of supporters and begins to argue with the Mayor.  The Chat was cut short and the citizens in attendance left with a feeling of uneasiness and not the normal uplifted spirit.

Nora Powell didn’t care.  She accomplished what she had set out to do.  Adding volume to HER voice.  Nobody in the meeting wanted to hear what Nora Powell had to say, besides her entourage.

The followingt month, she shows up again.  This time, thankfully, the meeting continued as planned.  Her second attempt to disrupt the chat was not successful. 

If we wanted to hear Nora Powell speak, we would tramp down to Democrat Headquarters. 

If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck…

Let’s recap:

1.)  Nora Powell supports Muncie City Council’s actions and votes consistently

2.) Nora Powell along with Muncie City Council  members absent from the Community Update

3.) Nora Powell believes her voice is more important than the citizens

 Do you believe Nora Powell is willing to put her voice aside and work for all citizens or will she be another Democrat headquarters’ mouthpiece?

*[Samuel Adams, The Writings of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1907), Vol. III, p. 236-237, to James Warren on November 4, 1775.]


3 thoughts on “If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck….

    The Beaver said:
    August 10, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    It’s a duck !


      munciepolitics said:
      August 12, 2011 at 6:17 pm



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