Friday, August 10, 2012
TGIF; the Olympics will be a thing of the past and we can go back to watching the Big Bang Theory. It will not be until August 28 when the Republican National Convention starts in Tampa Florida and September 3(Labor day) the Start of the Democrat Convention in Charlotte N.C. (where is that?) before the air waves will be once again full of manufactured hoopla nonsense.
Thank goodness we will only have two months of official campaigning. Those months despite the calls of all factions of the local party to unite and vote the party line no matter who the candidates are will not have any effect on the overwhelming majority of Plainfield votes that will go towards the selection of New Jersey’s electors.
Meanwhile as evident with this coming Monday’s Council meeting Plainfield’s local government affairs will continue to be FUBAR. All the unanswered rhetoric and questions will have been swept under the rug and forgotten and harmony will reign. The City will continue to run; money will be spent, and there will be little public accounting.
Although it was sold to us by Administration to be a turnkey effective system; the ShotSpotter will continue to need tweaking. It has yet to be shown that the response time has resulted in an apprehension of shooters.
Is it possible that as rumored crimes are not being officially or openly reported? Figures do not lie but liars can figure.
The public should have as an agenda item of every Council business meeting an update on all unsettled matters. For examples: The status of the mayor’s suit against the Council including billed costs to date, The Monarch claim, The report on July 4th finances, an investigation if merchants were being shaken down to cover undocumented expenses, the CFO search, the vacant Corporation Counsel office. These are just a few items that certain parties would like to “not see the light of day”.
A certain public figure who most of us respect said; “I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics.” (BARACK OBAMA, MSNBC interview, Sep. 25, 2006) Is that not good advice that the local electorate and political leaders should follow?