Published on January 29th, 2012 | by Todd Smekens0
Erasing Memory a Red Flag
The “good-ole” boys are back at it again. It seems we’ll never get that “favor-handed” group out of our political system. Instead of doing what is best for the community, and putting their own self interests first, we’ve witnessed an emptying of bank accounts, taking care of good friends, and destruction of evidence and public property that can only be attributed to the “good-ole boy” system.
If you live in Muncie or Delaware County, your mind should immediately be asking yourself, “What did those democrats do this time?”
That’s because you have been told, time and time again, to equate democrats with “good-ole boys”, and republicans as “principled leaders”. That is the propaganda presented by big media, or in our community, Gannett Co., Inc.
Our locally owned Gannett newspaper is fond of referring to the local Democrat headquarters as “back-slapping good-ole boys who drink together and make million dollar decisions for the city and county while tossing back beers and whiskey in shady parts of town.” Local taxpayer groups who consider themselves “citizen and taxpayer advocates” rarely took a stand against the “principled decision-making” by the previous republican mayor. Even Gannett’s executive editor condemned all democrats for being “classless” when a few citizens called then Mayor Sharon McShurley after her election loss, and sang her a song from the movie Wizard of Oz. The executive editor, Lisa Lara Nellessen, made a really big deal about the release after months of long hours on the campaign trail.
To remind Lisa, “To the victors go the spoils.”
This latin saying specifically means that those who win the battle get the loot, or are allowed to have the assets of the defeated.
In this case, the victor was former state representative Dennis Tyler and all the democrats who worked hard to elect a democrat as mayor of Muncie – a long overdue, and much-needed occurrence.
However, the famous latin based credo was not completely accurate in the case of departing Mayor Sharon McShurley. After losing the election in November, there were some questionable decisions and expenditures, along with intentional destruction of public property owned by taxpayers. The Mayor and her staff deleted hard drives, and in one case completely removed a hard drive from the computer rendering its memory untraceable.
Why would an outgoing mayor of this city delete and destroy taxpayer property before she turned over her office to the incoming mayor?
Removing memory storage from a computer is a symbol that our previous republican administration didn’t want the public to know what she was doing. This doesn’t make anybody feel comfortable, nor should it. Why insist on outside audits, then destroy working computers?
It just raises red flags.
In addition to questioning the previous administrations handling of these affairs, Muncie Voice also raises a red flag on our investigative reporting staff at the Gannett owned Muncie StarPress. They spent four years nestled up with the republican leader and projected her reputation as a “white knight fending off evil democrats intending evils upon Muncie and Delaware County” instead of seeking answers to pertinent questions about the decision-making of the mayor and her administration. As opposed to being journalists holding our local government accountable, they spent their time writing gossip columns and spinning stories to favor the mayor like a paid staff of public relations officers.
Let’s hope the new mayor and his staff is not overly burdened by this inconvenience, since we want his attention focused on working with citizens in Muncie for which he’s done very well for his first 30 days in office.