A Message from the Webmaster

by Staff on November 15, 2007 · 4 comments

in Local,Off-topic

This posting is a response to a comment entitled “FIRE” that was posted anonymously. The original poster stated:

“must be someone that beats a bible”What kind of low life gets on here and makes statements like that? You truly are a freakin MORON!!!At least Butch did his best.He didnt sit on his computer griping and crying the blues to everyone,sure he didnt make everyone happy but he tried.That is more than you morons have done.I would like to see statments like that banned from this site.There is no use in them it turns people away! The idiot who said it is down right out of line!!Saying Butch would set a fire is down right low.Can the “Web master” tell us what good comments like that bring to this site?I can,NOTHING!!!Who cares if you can speak Latan,this is america our language is ENGLISH so speak it or leave! But knowing how the (web master LOL) feels about Butch he will go along with moron’s saying crap like that.

My response:

You are, of course, free to make your own uneducated and baseless assumption as to “how the (web master LOL) feels about Butch” or, if you’d like to know the truth (many of you are afraid of it), I’ll tell you the same thing I’ve told many other people. I have a lot of respect for Mayor Chastain. I think he is (for the most part) a wonderful person who truly has the best intentions in mind in whatever he does. As a person, I admire and respect him. I can remember walking home from my girlfriend’s house in the wintertime at 6am before I was old enough to drive. More than once, then Police Chief Chastain stopped to pick me up, gave me a ride, and dropped me off in front of my home. Would any of the officers currently on the force do that? I can think of one, perhaps two, that would. Again, it is not Mayor Chastain that I don’t like. It is his ability to effectively serve as the Mayor of this community that I question.

As far as banning things from being said on this site, I try, as much as possible, not to restrict what one is able to say, no matter how wrong, incorrect, or — to be quite blunt — fuckin’ stupid it is. If I begin “censoring” people’s comments, then I am no better than the people who have been in charge of this city that have done the exact same thing. That’s something that the Republicans in the White House are working towards; it’s not my goal here. I can count on both hands the number of comments I have “censored” since starting this site well over a year ago (for the record, most of them were about me, personally). Less than 10 out of 4500+ is pretty good, in my opinion.

I understand that this web site generates controversy. I understand that not everyone likes to hear the things that are said here. I understand — and hope you do as well — that not every word “spoken” here is true. One must implement a filter between his eyes and brain and evaluate each statement for his or her own self. A lot of what is posted on this site is, to be quite honest, complete and utter bullshit. There is also, however, a lot of factual content that can be backed up and proven. Unfortunately, it is impossible to “spread the truth” without also getting some “untruths” in there as well.

How many things has the average citizen learned about from this site that he or she would not have otherwise known about? The City failed to issue the City Attorney a W-2 or 1099 form for $15,000 it paid him. If the City failed to report the income, the City Attorney could simply have “forgotten” about it as well. Making a rough guess at Mr. Steele’s tax bracket, that’s over $5,000 in taxes that would not necessarily have been paid. (Yes, they did finally send him a W-2 or 1099 — according to a response from Clerk-Treasurer Kern — after the State Board of Accounts pointed it out to them.) Likewise, it was reported here many months ago that Councilman Sloan made derogatory remarks towards a whole segment of Mitchell women. Those statements came up again recently, just prior to the election, and Mr. Sloan admitted to those things. Would those remarks have been known to the general public were it not for this site? Assistant Police Chief Troy Lobosky informed other police officers to reduce the number of traffic citations they were issuing in the months prior to the election. I’m still not mentioning my sources on that one, but trust me on this one, it happened. Obviously, we’ll most likely never know if Lobosky did that on his own or if he was “influenced” by someone else, but were it not for this web site how many of us would have known about those tactics? The very top of this web site reads “Spreading the truth about Mitchell, Indiana” and all those things I just mentioned — well, that’s the truth.

I have become both very popular and very unpopular in Mitchell at the same time. There will always be those who attempt to want to stop you from finding out the truth — they who are afraid of the truth. As evidenced by the multiple attempts to get me fired from my place of employment, call my ethics into question, and so on, those persons are also lurking about on this same web site. Unlike the average citizen of Mitchell who must be careful not to speak too loudly for fear of retaliation or retribution, I am not afraid. I will be heard.

Anyways, as I was saying… if you are a person who has come to believe everything you read on the Internet to be fact, I encourage you to log off now while you still can. There are, I’m sure, untrue statements on this web site and I’m fairly certain that there will be more in the future. If you can’t understand that, I’m sincerely sorry, because you have bigger issues that need tended to. While I obviously do not support everything that everyone says, I fully support and will stand up for your right to say it.

Now, Constant Reader, on to something a bit more positive…

With the exception of congratulating Mayor-elect Terrell on his win last week, I have not made any comments about the election. I’ve been meaning to, but time has not been in abundance for me (it’s 2:22AM as I write this, if that says anything). Nearly 1,400 Mitchell voters went to the polls to cast their vote for the Mayor of this City. The majority of those decided that they wanted Mr. Terrell to lead Mitchell for the next four years. Did they make the right decision? Only time will tell, of course. Others have said it but it bears repeating: now that the elections are over, it’s time for everyone to forget the party lines and come together. Only by working together can Mitchell be improved.

Beginning January 2nd, the City of Mitchell will be led by a Republican mayor and a city council comprised of both Republicans and Democrats. It will truly be a testament to these folks if they can, for the time being, forget which party they belong to and instead remember that the citizens of Mitchell have chosen them to act on behalf of the common good. They do not have an easy job ahead of them, and I do not envy them.

As most of you are already aware, I decided to support Mr. Terrell in the Mayor’s race. This had less to do with Mr. Terrell than it did my belief that a change in leadership was needed in Mitchell. Ask Danny what happened to the political sign that he placed in the yard of a home in Mitchell that my mother owns (Hint: I removed it). Then, ask him what happened when it got placed back in the yard (Hint: I removed it again). That was well before the primary, if memory serves, and at that point I was not for any one particular candidate inasmuch as I was against Mayor Chastain. Remember when I offered up $500 to a Mitchell charity if Mayor Chastain did not win the primary? Unfortunately, I was at a party in San Diego at the time I received word that Mayor Chastain had won. That would have, honestly, probably been the best $500 I had ever spent. Again, please realize that *AS A PERSON*, I have great respect for Mayor Chastain. I *DO NOT*, however, believe he can effectively lead the City any longer.

Regardless of what you or I or anyone else believes, now is the time to put our disagreements and preconceptions aside and work together to improve the quality of life in Mitchell. I am a staunch Democrat. Like I have always done, however, I allowed myself to form my own conclusions and decided which candidate I would support. Like the majority of the voting citizens of Mitchell, I chose to support Danny Terrell. I am not a “suck-up”; I am not a “kiss ass”. Please do not expect me to suddenly become less critical of the workings of the local government come January. If anything, I believe the incoming administration will have to work harder than the current administration has. Like I told Mr. James during a recent conversation, this web site is not going away. If the “Terrell administration” screws up — and I’m sure they will; nobody’s perfect — you can expect to hear about it here. Truth be told, I am holding them to a higher standard and will be *MORE* critical of them than I am/was the Chastain administration. While I have not discussed it with Mr. James, he has spoken publicly about his desire for the financial operations of the City to be more “open”. In that regard, I’m positive I will be requesting financial documents from Mr. James, and I’m positive that he will be happy to accomodate my requests.

Like the majority, I am nowhere near perfect. I could very well be wrong, but I firmly believe that the incoming administration has the best interests of the community at heart. I am confident that they will do everything within their power to work with the citizens of the community to improve the quality of life for each of you. It will be a bumpy road, for certain, but reaching the destination will make the journey well worth it.

If you’ve read this far, Constant Reader, I sincerely thank you. As always, I invite your own comments and I leave you with the following quotation from Abraham Lincoln, which he ended his infamous “House Divided” speech with:

“Our cause, then, must be entrusted to, and conducted by, its own undoubted friends — those whose hands are free, whose hearts are in the work — who do care for the result. Two years ago the Republicans of the nation mustered over thirteen hundred thousand strong. We did this under the single impulse of resistance to a common danger, with every external circumstance against us. Of strange, discordant, and even hostile elements, we gathered from the four winds, and formed and fought the battle through, under the constant hot fire of a disciplined, proud, and pampered enemy. Did we brave all them to falter now? Now, when that same enemy is wavering, dissevered, and belligerent? The result is not doubtful. We shall not fail — if we stand firm, we shall not fail. Wise counsels may accelerate, or mistakes delay it, but, sooner or later, the victory is sure to come.”

Thank you,

Webmaster, Mitchell News

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