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Isn’t this Salisbury, Maryland story interesting?

“In her final State of the City address, Salisbury Mayor Barrie Parsons Tilghman warned residents of what she sees as a great danger to the city: malicious bloggers.

Tilghman said in her address Thursday [March 12, 2009] that over the last five years, the presence of a small group of suspicious, mean-spirited people focused on the negative has grown, endangering the city’s vitality.

Tilghman says some people are avoiding serving their city because it’s not worth chancing the scorn of bloggers. But Tilghman says they need to stand up for the city,” quoting the AP from the Maryland Daily Record of March 13, 2009.

I am certain Yelm Mayor Ron Harding feels the same way about the Yelm Community Blog.

A sweet and caring official mentioned to me at the Nisqually Valley Home Show last Sunday,
“You don’t always have to sleuth looking for the bad things here.”

I have to ask,
Why are there so many things that are so glaring and just look bad here; appearance of conflict of interests, keeping City Hall news from the public and all?
One does not have to sleuth, as all of this is right before our eyes here for those that want to see!

If no one speaks up for change, then all of Yelm’s dirty little secrets will stay buried under a bulging carpet.
Is that what this community wants?
Perhaps the silence from the public is indicative of that.

When officials decry the bloggers, then I ask what are these officials hiding?
Our Mayor recently said that the city taking on debt here was because of “the economy, growth slowing and an ‘anti-growth environment.’

Anyone that has ever commented about what the Mayor calls the city’s stance during his tenure for growth to pay for growth, is called “anti-growth” and they are sidelined, berated or not considered.

What endangers a city is what is hidden from the taxpaying public who voted these officials into office.

Posted by Steve on April 30, 2009 at 5:12 am | Permalink

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