In a way it's rather a sad day today. It is exactly 2 years
since I sent out my first newsletter, July 27, 2010. This is
issue number 278. I would rather have hoped that I would not
have needed to go on for so long, or that there would be so much
to expose in West Vincent. So please, West Vincent Voters,
think about a change of supervisors, and give me chance to
retire, to sit on my porch, to contemplate, and well, to just do
So I'll make this a readers corner, since it is you, the reader,
that I write it for. Here are ALL the letters I received
following my piece about the Zoe Appreciation Private Party, or
the ZAPP, you remember, the one that was, at least partly, paid
for by the taxpayer?
1. "I think it's fine to acknowledge any citizen's contributions
with an appropriate celebration, but as a Supervisor, Zoe
Perkins worked for ALL of the citizens of West Vincent, not just
those in the administration. By holding such a closed-door
party, that administration robbed all of those other citizens of
their right to express their own gratitude for Ms. Perkins'
years of work on their behalf. Furthermore, they helped to drive
home the point that they do not consider their jobs to be on
behalf of the West Vincent residents. On the contrary, it's all
about THEM. They work for themselves and for their own
advantage, and they shamelessly rub everybody's noses in it over
and over and over again. When are the people in that township
planning to wake up and throw these bums out!?"
2. "Chick man, I read the article in Sundays Daily Local and
thought most of it was laughtfulable , The party for Zoey if it
was private, should have been given by her dear friends who I am
sure have benefited by her generosity to them"
3. "Chickenman , thanks for the note. Now I will go vomit. A
private party for Perkins ? for what ? giving us the development
at Ludwig’s when we could have a golf course there, or the
apartments at Ludwig’s where the police live or the loss of the
gun club [common land thief ] and farmer welfare. We used to
have excellent supervisors in this township that cared for the
township when I was a child, now we have common trailer park
scum that only care about themselves. What did we thank her for
? regards, (name withheld)"
4. "Dear Chickenman, How does Jim Wendelgass make $133,000 per
year? He should be smiling all of the time. Seriously, how
does that happen? I need clarification. Thank you for your
incredible service, (name withheld)"
My answer "How he makes it is simple. He has a contract with the
township that gives him a 3% raise every year (although he
downgrades it in the budget every year and then his line item is
over budget from week one) and he has a great benefit package.
Without going though the documents to confirm, I believe his
salary is around $103k this year, the rest is benefits.
5. "Chickenman, please keep up the good work. By the way, we
are selling our house in West Vincent – like so many other
people I simply can’t afford the ridiculous taxes anymore and am
disgusted by the politics. I hope Ken Miller gets booted out
before we move.
Thanks again for exposing the fraud and waste on our township.
6. A suggestion from an Attorney "If you think something
happened that violated the Ethics Act, report it to the State
My answer "I am just a reporter. That's all I do. I hope that
the things I report on will stir others into action. If you
agree with me, maybe you would do that? But if you think I am
wrong, please tell me.
I haven't heard anything further, and don't know if he has
followed up on his suggestion.
7. Last, but by no means least, please read someone else's
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