Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Breaking News

Letters

April 17, 2014

Letter to the Editor: April 17, 2014

Vote for transparent government

On March 20 of this year I attended a public meeting of the Tipton County Economic Development Alliance. Members of this group include the three county commissioners, a member of the county council, two members from the city council, and the mayor.

Their purpose was to provide oversight of the local economic development organization since that board of six citizen members receives over $150,000 of public monies to manage.

At this meeting, the alliance approved the minutes from the only meeting they had last year, which was on May 30, 2013. After I reviewed the minutes from the 2013 meeting, I found this fact: The agenda distributed to the audience at the meeting contained no opportunity for public comment.

As soon as the meeting started, Kokomo Tribune reporter Ken de la Bastide requested that the alliance amend the agenda for inclusion of public comments. A motion was made and seconded to allow public comment.

The motion then was carried 5-1 with Commissioner Phil Heron being the only one opposed to allowing public comment.

During the amended agenda/public comment part of the meeting, the floor was opened to comment. Discussion involved issues of transparency, public access, better communications among stakeholders, the format of alliance meetings and the best way to market and report the decisions, actions and finances of the alliance to the public.

On March 15 of this year, I received from Mr. Heron a campaign brochure that plainly states, “I believe in open and transparent government. All citizens questions and needs should be addressed.”

Does Mr. Heron really believe that voting to disallow public comment is “open and transparent government?”

It’s obvious from the public comments made that day that there are citizens who want to be heard and have concerns that need to be addressed.

I believe that a man’s actions speak volumes. It’s not what you say or print on your campaign brochure, it’s what you do that counts. Mr. Heron’s actions spoke loud and clear May 30, 2013.

This style of closed government has gone on long enough. It’s time for a change.

On May 6, Tipton County residents will have an option for change. Mr. Gerald Shuck truly believes in transparency. He has vowed to be open and available to all county citizens and will provide all public information upon request. He will only participate in decisions made in public meetings after all information has been studied.

As have gotten to know Mr. Shuck, I firmly believe he is a man that does what he promises. Vote May 6 for real open and transparent government.

Brent Snow, Tipton

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Letters
  • LETTERS: State water supply an economic issue State water supply an economic issueIt takes a lot of water to build and grow things, and in Indiana, that’s what we do. It’s why the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation commissioned a new study on water resources (www.indianachamber.com/water). W

    August 14, 2014

  • LETTERS: 'Fundamental' facts on zoning approval 'Fundamental' facts on zoning approval As a member of the 2012 Tipton County Plan Commission and Tipton County Board of Commissioners, I was involved in the commitments associated with the Functional Devices re-zone from Commercial to Light Industria

    August 11, 2014

  • LETTERS: Where decisions are made willy-nilly Where decisions are made ‘willy-nilly’ Citizens of Tipton County should have the reasonable assurance that local laws and ordinances put in place to protect them will not be randomly abandoned. Instead, some find themselves begging the leadership

    August 10, 2014

  • LETTERS: Double standards in Tipton County Double standards in Tipton CountyI attended the Tipton County Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals public hearings regarding industrial development adjacent to the Prairie Acres residential subdivision. Numerous citizens made presentations of

    August 7, 2014

  • LETTERS: Assistance wait lists bedevil employed Assistance wait lists bedevil employedI would like to bring attention to the issues of single-income families. I am about to lose my baby sitter. I was given a generous notice of two months. I signed up for child care vouchers and Early Head Start. B

    August 6, 2014

  • LETTERS: Leaders aren't using comprehensive plan Leaders aren’t using comprehensive planI got to watch two of our planning and zoning boards at work recently, and both times in public hearings they favored an outsider who has not lived up to any promised commitment over the testimonies of Tipton Co

    August 5, 2014

  • LETTERS: School, re-establish teacher-led prayer School, re-establish teacher-led prayer "Complaint ends teacher prayer," headlined the small article. Teachers were having prayer before school-sponsored events, someone complained about their child having to hear the prayer, and the Freedom from Rel

    August 4, 2014

  • LETTERS: A tale of two BZAs in Tipton County A tale of two BZAs in Tipton CountyIt was reported recently the City of Tipton Board of Zoning Appeals heard a variance request for a garage to be rebuilt on an existing concrete pad after the structure burned in May. The owner had to comply with the

    August 3, 2014

  • LETTERS: Concert Series 'beautiful musical experience' Store employees should split prizeSeveral weeks ago, a winning lottery ticket was purchased at one of our larger grocery stores. What I’d like to know is why the upper-management get a large cash prize (which they don’t need) while the employees of t

    August 1, 2014

  • LETTERS: Marriage culture in area must change Marriage culture in area must change Last week's article on the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Kids Count report caught my eye. While I'm happy that Indiana is improving in the educational domain, the poverty statistics are saddening. I was just s

    July 31, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Obama: World Is Appalled by Murder of Journalist Israel, Militants Trade Fire After Talks Fail Pres. George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge Pierce Brosnan's Call to Join the Expendables Changes Coming to No-Fly List Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape Texas Gov. Perry: Indictment 'a Political Act' US Officials: Video Shows American's Beheading Video Shows Ferguson Cop Months Before Shooting Water Bottles Recalled for Safety Researcher Testing On-Field Concussion Scanners
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries
Poll
Kelly Lafferty's video on Tom Miller