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A few weeks ago, penning the lighter side of politics in an entry titled “Dis-FUNctional – Are we having fun in Delaware County or what!” outlined some of the fun things involved in a dis-FUNctional government. Thursday evening, I had the opportunity, like 79 other residents, to listen to candidates who want to be the next commissioners.
Most of the evening was centered around poverty and what could be done in Delaware County to combat the growing problem. Sherry Riggin, I believe best addressed the issue and was more familiar with Team Work for Quality Living. So, I learned something new about Sherry Riggin. James King grew up in poverty and at the age of 24 made a decision to break the cycle. Steve Fields, current Yorktown Council, and Mt. Pleasant Trustee for eight years, spoke on the increasing needs presented to him as the trustee. Todd Donati said he believed education was the key factor and cited Vision 2016 and Early Child Development (a key component in Muncie Action Plan). Read the rest of this entry »
Delaware County is so political, it takes the fun out of being dis-FUNctional. It doesn’t matter what the topic, or flavor of the day, it’s political. Payback can be good or a detriment, depending on what side of the “dis-FUNction” you sit, stand or walk on. Sometimes you get a job, or your truck paid off or even a construction contract.
Case in point. The Muncie Sanitary District and Mayor Dennis Tyler. Mayor Tyler claimed at the mayoral debate, he was able to work across party lines, he just can’t seem to do it. Supporters of the mayor never said a word about Economic Development Income Tax funds going to pay for a law firm just so Mayor Tyler can gain the last bit of control over the $168 million dollar storm-water project. So, the political games continue and the taxpayers and citizens will be forking over more money. That’s the way it has always worked.
First we had the Justice Center, talk about the political football!
With the political appointments made to the Board of Supervisors (BOS) was filled to over-flowing with party supporters. By the time it was all said and done, Delaware County was on the hook for additional bonds (covering the cost overruns), purchased a boat-load of Bull computers…and even got to pay for storage of the dis-FUNctional pieces of modern technology and a lawsuit in which one attorney lost his license to practice. The County Commissioners, even gave the poor unemployed attorney a pass on his fines. Later he won his appeal on a technicality getting his license reinstated. Witnesses for the prosecution were placed in the same room…that’s a no-no. He was good to go.
We made national news on that one. Along with the lady who shot her toe off because she had a corn. No, I’m not making this stuff up.
Are we having fun yet? Read the rest of this entry »
In the local newspaper today August 19, 2012, an opinion letter titled “Grandma couldn’t vote” was published. The letter presents a scenario which isn’t applicable and designed to illicit a response of outrage rather than presenting of facts. If Grandma is over 65, disabled, etc., Grandma can vote Absentee. Grandma will not be required to show an ID or go to the polls. (The letter is available on-line for seven days.)
The Indiana voter law was passed in ’05. The Mid-Term election percentage in ’02 was 39%; ’06 was 40% and 2010 was 41%. Up 2% since the law was passed. The first Presidential election since the law was passed saw a 4% increase. I might want to add, the Presidential primary in ’04 was 21%, ’08 was 40% and ’12 was 22%. It doesn’t appear the voter law had any effect on the first Presidential primary after the law was passed. If people want to vote, the ID will not stand in their way.
Despite these modest increases, the real story is the decline in voting. In 1962 Mid-term election was 70.6% and 1964 Presidential was 79.6%. The 1966 Mid-term saw a 7% decrease and 1968 Presidential decrease was 10%.
The problem isn’t the voter ID law, if one looked at the election results over the past 43 years prior to the law being passed. People have lost interest in the voting process. A local candidate promoted the idea 2010 Delaware County primaries were raided by the Republicans. There was no truth to it, and in my opinion its intended purpose was to foster more voter apathy.
Although the increase in 2010 was small, the last thing you want to do is create an aura of mistrust. It’s encouraging the Mid-term saw an increase even if it was minimal. We want to inform and encourage people to vote, not give them false information designed to weaken the voting confidence.
We don’t purge our voting records, so we can’t be guaranteed the amount of registered voters are still active. So, we must use the data available even though it may be inaccurate or outdated.
Below is the results of the elections in Indiana from 1990-2012 Primary.
It may be true, that most election violations don’t happen at the polls. In Delaware County we have seen our share of shenanigans being played out.
In 1997 indictments were handed down to a former commissioner, Delaware County Democrat party chair and former county engineer. Allegations of county employees working at Democrat Headquarters (ghost employment) and linking government contracts with political contributions. The charges were dismissed. To show the arrogance of the elected officials, not but four years later, they did it again.
It was heard just minutes after their taking office (in January 2001) when they hired political friend Edward (Culpepper) Cooper to take charge of the county’s insurance, a program whose recent skyrocketing cost was sadly predictable.
Democrats’ approach is a citizen turn-off Star Press, The (Muncie, IN) – Sunday, August 25, 2002 Page: 2D
1998 the former Democrat Chair and his sister were indicted for forging papers to have a candidate removed from the ballot. The charges were dismissed against the party chair, the sister wasn’t so fortunate. She was convicted and her charges were changed from a felony to a misdemeanor. The Democrat chair resigned from his position, and the new Democrat chair (our current mayor), appointed him to the election board. Who’s on first?
1999 A Democrat Precinct committee person mailed out 10,000 flyers without a disclaimer. Her attorney argued it was an infringement on her 1st Amendment rights and the case was thrown out. Ten years later, the Democrat Delaware County prosecutor indicted and prosecuted a member of an organization for placing an ad in the local newspaper without a disclaimer. (You can find more on this case at the end of the blog.) The prosecutor in 2010 committed the same crime, lack of disclaimer, and the election board threw it out. It was a blanket immunity, so to speak.
2002 it was disclosed at the hearing (election recount) precinct officials drove unsecured ballot to the county building. A precinct official was found holding hundreds of ballots in his hand. The attorney appointed by the Democrat chairman testified he wasn’t overly concerned when he saw it on election night.
From there we had electioneering by a candidate’s mother, who admitted she did commit the crime. The case sat dormant until all of the witnesses moved or refused to testify. It was dropped.
2007 mayoral recount found AVB violations. One incident included the mailing without the appropriate initials. Seems the Republican failed to add their John Hancock. It could have been an honest mistake, or based on past history it may have been another election snafu. We will never know. That election lead to another indictment by Democrat council person, who was later found guilty and stepped down.
In 2008, late vote registrations were found shoved in a drawer and an anonymous call to the Secretary of State prompted an investigation. The handwriting was similar, nevertheless the registrations were processed but not in time for the election. The primary election of ’08 saw a “ghost” candidate on the ballot. That candidate lost, but garnered around 6,000 votes. Last year she sued the current mayor for unrelated charges, but did admit she was asked to be placed on the ballot.
2010 saw in an influx of candidates on the Republican ticket. They never campaigned and their filing applications had similar handwriting. 2011 a candidate was allowed to use a different name than filed, putting her first on the ballot.. Another candidate jumped through all the legal hoops when she was told it wasn’t acceptable. Go figure.
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America when in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.
The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury: For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms:
Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people. Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us.
We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence.
They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
— John Hancock New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton ——————————————————————————–
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Kids Fun Zone
Meet the Candidates
When: Saturday, June 30th, 2012
Time: 3:00 PM – ????
Where: Sam Pierce Chevrolet
On Saturday, June 30, INvision will sponsor an Old-Fashioned Community Celebration.
ECKERTY FEST II is a fun-filled day of music, Kids Fun Zone, local food vendors and an opportunity to meet Republican candidates including
- Connie Lawson (Secretary of State)
- Richard Mourdock (U.S. Senate Candidate)
- Luke Messer (U.S. Congressional Candidate)
- Doug Eckerty (Indiana State Senator)
- Plus other local Republican candidates from Delaware, Madison & Henry counties
Last year some 3500 persons visited ECKERTY FEST I. We hope you will choose to join us this year.
Gates open at 3:00 p.m with Kids Zone from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., face-painting, inflatables, games and more. Music provided by The Great Deals Music Stage: with Flynnville Train (National Recording Artists) and Carl Storie & The Faith Band starting at 6:00 P.M. until ?????.
There will be multiple food vendors including Mr. Mouse Beer Garden.
Hosted by Sam Pierce Chevrolet (and located on their lot) on SR 67 at Daleville, there is a charge of $10 per carload with a limit of 4 passengers. ($5 each additional person.)
Well, somebody is noticing the Madison Street $1.2 million dollar project is lacking. Looking at the pictures you would think this is the beginning of a construction project. Yet, these sidewalks have been torn up with very little work done since March. This is only a small sample. Altogether we are looking at 11 blocks of dismantled sidewalks running through the downtown on one main street. Please take a minute to read ADA Destruction Zone which appeared in the opinion section of Muncie Star Press. (6-21-12) It can’t be said any better than this letter of opinion.
(letter may no longer be available)
Another Berry Long Run
July 7th, 2012
I first heard of Another Berry Long Run about this time last year. Falling in love with the idea of a grassroots organization working to raise funds for our families right here in Delaware County.
In 2011 Benji ran for Nettie’s Kids and in 2010 Benji ran from Losantville to Wes Del Little League Complex to raise money for Ryan Berry who is battling cancer. Mr. Ryan’s family got a vacation and Nettie’s kids got one, too.
This year the funds will go to D.A.R.E. for programs supporting alcohol awareness.
Benji’s scheduled run is listed and the end of this post. At each stop, you can greet him, offer support and make a donation.
Benji’s Running Itinerary:
THE TENATIVE SCHEDULE
6:30 a.m. : Our runners and bikers arrive in Losantville and begin their stretching.
7:00 a.m. : The run begins with a 9 min. mile pace
8:20 a.m. : They arrive at the South Prairie Creek Reservoir Post
9:17 a.m. : They arrive at 12th Street/Memorial
9:35 a.m. : They arrive at the Greenway Depot (Downtownish)
9:49 a.m. : They arrive at McGalliard (The Island) and receive their awesome smoothies
10:00 a.m. : They arrive at Riggin Rd.
10:13 a.m. : They arrive at Wheeling/400 N.
10:25 a.m. : They arrive at 500 N. and exit the Greenway
10:55 a.m. : They arrive at the Wes-Del Little League Complex
At the Wes-Del Little League Complex, a cookout is held with a carnival like atmosphere created for the community to participate along with a Pumpkin Ball Tournament!