POLITICAL CORRUPTION IS A NATIONWIDE ISSUE AFFECTING ALL OF US. ALABAMA RANKS #5 AS THE MOST CORRUPT STATE. *DOJ 2007 stats
Something is very wrong in the Land of Cotton
PERTINENT ENVIRONMENTAL AND CORRUPTION ISSUES IN OTHER STATES ARE ALSO DISCUSSED
NO OTHER COMMUNITY, RICH OR POOR, URBAN OR SUBURBAN,BLACK, BROWN,RED, YELLOW OR WHITE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO BECOME AN "ENVIRONMENTAL SACRIFICE ZONE."
Dr. Robert Bullard
Environmental Justice Movement Founder
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Defined as: an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions
The monthly City Council meeting was an exercise in frustration for Vincent's citizens who could hear little of what was being said in the workshop or council meeting.
More than once "We can't hear you" was met with "You're of order, it's not your time to talk." (Joy Marler)
When the Town clerk, Joy Marler, was confronted with this during a brief adjournment period she responded with; "You have a right to be here, you do not have a right to hear what is being said."
Arrogance beyond all measure. We are going to gather in a public meeting and not let any of the public hear the majority of what we are discussing.
There was one microphone and we are still wondering what it was for.
Council person Ralph Kimble raised some excellent points regarding the quarry and proposed zoning ordinance:
1. How is a big hole in the ground and dust all over helping the "high public health and safety of the Town?"
(He took the words in quotations straight form the zoning ordinance)
2. What studies have you done that this quarry will " have no adverse effects and benefit the morals and well-being of the Town?"
3. "I called the American Society of Civil Engineers and they told me that the book the quarry is using as a reference to talk about fixing the sinkholes is 14 years old, and not considered definitive. Why are they referring to a book so out of date?"
4. "I make a motion that we table this vote on the quarry until we get an independent study on the effects. Everything we have so far is from the quarry people, that is biased information, we need another source that does not have anything to do with the quarry."
When the Mayor told Mr. Kimble that; "We can't afford to do an independent study, we don't have the money to do it." Mr. Kimble answered back with; "We can't afford not to."
He then tried to make a motion on tabling the vote which was met with more resistance from Council person Larry King; "You get me a list of qualified individuals Ralph."
Ralph responded with: "Okay, so will you second my motion?" King; "No."
Mayor McAllister; "Motion failed."
What is conveniently left off this discussion that even Mr. Kimble was not completely aware of at the moment, but the Mayor certainly was, is that Ebsco has offered more than once to pay for an independent study. They have met with the Mayor and offered this during those direct communications and in public meetings.
The Mayor has said in public and to them that; "I want all the information I can get on this."
Which is it Mayor McAllister?
Why do you and the Council continue to thwart any attempt to have independent information at every turn?
Why do the voices of your own citizens continually fall on deaf ears?
Why do you have so much contempt for Mr. Kimble?
Because you are all arrogant and unwilling to consider any information which does not fit your presumptuous view of this situation; money rolling in to the town coffers, which in turn means your own pockets, but pushed on the citizens as "a real benefit for the Town of Vincent."
- Land sales to mysterious companies
- Shelby County Industrial Board influences
- Letter from Jim Hurley to Otis McCrimmon July 2, 2...
- Letters to the Editor March 7, 2007 Chemical Lime ...
- New Business Alliance BARD Convinces JeffCo to Pul...
- The Most Contaminated Place On Earth-- Anniston, A...
- What You Won&#39;t Hear About SC Comprehensive Plan an...
- Ricky Thomason Editorial--Corrupt Alabama
- Alabama Signers of Grover Norquist Pledge