Civic Manners, 2012 Election, Consolidation, Good Old Boys Club and 911

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A guest column by German Cruz titled “Vulgarity in our civil affairs”gets to the heart of what ails Delaware County.  As always, Mr. Cruz is elegant in his presentation of local events.  His words, no matter how majestic, no matter how true, will undoubtedly fall on deaf ears and blinded eyes.  

After the 2010 primary votes were tallied, the  local Democrat party ended the evening in a loss.   A clean sweep  by Team Democrat candidates found the Democrat Headquarters’ supported candidates not making it out of the gate. 

With the physical ejection of the media,  and the public forums lit up with the disdain for the winning candidates, one wonders…does it really matter if it is a victory or a defeat?  Vulgarity is displayed regardless if it is a win or lose election.

Then as now, there was no apology given to the press or the citizens for their behavior…there is no need, the actions are justified and even supported.

Now, before you say this is something new and civility and ethics have reigned supreme long before Lee Hamilton spoke at Minnetrista, I would like to take you back a decade when newly elected Republican Joe Russel introduced a code of ethics to the county council.

New council President Joe Russell proposed the code of ethics, which included pledges to represent the interests of taxpayers and ‘not use my service on county council for my own personal advantage or for the advantage of my friends or supporters.’

 Veteran council Democrat Todd Donati was more critical in his assessment.

‘I think it was uncalled for,’ Donati said. ‘All of us know what our job is; we don’t need it restated by some Republican thinking.’

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As much as I would love to claim ethics and civility as Republican thinking, it would be in vain.   Ethics and civility is more an individual characteristic, and those which practice it in their personal lives normally carry it into the political arena.   They align themselves with others of like mind.  In the past four  years, having been introduced to several Democrat and Republican  political figures, it’s encouraging to find  ethics and civility isn’t just talk.  We need to support this these types of candidates and elected officials.  All parties.

Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature.  ]f the next centennial does not find us a great nation … it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.  James A. Garfield

Moving on to another opinion piece,  Larry Riley’s regular column begins to address the 2012 election.  Specifically, the county race in Circuit Court 2.  Running with the Team Democrat is Kim Dowling which has been campaigning since the 2011 primary.  She will be one to watch.  Don Dunnuck, currently the county commissioner and a long-standing Democrat insider, has announced his intentions to run.  Mike Quirk, Democrat Party chair, announced his sister will seek the same office as Dowling and Dunnuck.    It’s still early, but Kim Dowling is the best of the three.

If you are interested in modernization and consolidation, Riley’s column is spot on.  A good read.

Moving on to the lead story, Tyler: No ‘good old boys club”, Mayor-elect Dennis Tyler promises Muncie will not be lead by the “good old boys”. 

 O.K. 

 But, what is far more interesting is his comments on the 911 lawsuit.  This lawsuit alleges the city has been over charged for 911 services by the county for at least a decade.  The suit cites an interlocal agreement from 1987 which spells out the costs the city is obligated to pay. 

Outgoing mayor, Sharon McShurley, believed the city should not bear the majority of expenses, and the county said we should. 

Mayor-elect Dennis Tyler and Democrats seemed a little more than perturbed the public was eyeing the 911 lawsuit with suspicion.  And why not? 

Immediately after Tyler’s win, the paper reported Delaware County council members talking about how they would spend the money.  The attorney for the county, Mike Quirk, which is also the Democrat party chair, and rumored to become the city’s attorney, said he wanted to spare the city the cost of a lawsuit.  Commissioner Todd Donati wants it gone, too.

These are all people very closely aligned to Tyler.  With all of this, it would be hard not to view it with suspicion.

And the county which is millions of dollars in debt, needs the money. 

It will barely make a dent.

Vulgarity in our civic affairs Star Press 11-27-11

Next year’s politics offer even more Star Press 11-27-11

Tyler: No ‘good old boys club” Star Press 11-27-11

911 dispute delayed again Star Press 11-29-11

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