The word for today: ANONYMOUS
may be asking why that is today's word? At the June 24, 2013
West Vincent Township meeting, the AGENDA listed the following:
minutes from the meeting of June 24, 2013 state the following:
The Board always
reads letters from the public unless it has legal matters connected
with it. That has been expressed previously when the Board was asked
how they choose to read or not read letters at a meeting.
That is wonderful
that someone took the time to send a thank you letter to West Vincent
PD for a job well done.They do a lot of good things such as working
with the DARE program. In fact, I thought that I would publish the
letter so that everyone could see it, since the township did not
publish it. Here it is:
Two things seem out
of place here.
One, it doesn't
really appear to be anonymous. It seems clear to me that someone signed
their name. It would be highly unusual to end a letter with "Very
Sincerely," - note the comma following - and then not sign a name.
Also, you can see where the name was and then the
signature looks to have had either white-out applied or maybe
a piece of paper laid over the name(s). Note the
telltale remnants of a signature at the bottom of
each "y" in Very Sincerely. Then there are some mysterious
dots above the date, especially above the '2'.
Could they be the remnants of the sender's address, remaining after
white-out has been applied?
Two, this "anonymous"
letter came with a donation of $10,000. Even if the sender
did not sign their name there would have to be a signature and an
account name on the check. (Unless it was a stack of $100
bills which be even more suspicious) What is being hidden
from the public? In a world where campaign donations 1% the size of
this amount have to be disclosed, why did the West Vincent Board of
Supervisors cloak this information? No mention of the $10,000 donation
was made at the Township meeting. The letter has a notation on it
stating "Also in receipt of a $10,000 donation to the Police
Department". The letter doesn't request that the donor not be revealed
and even suggests that the donor is known by addressing the letter "Dear Mike". Even if the letter WAS
truly anonymous, why hide the fact that the Township Police Department
received a windfall $10,000? I have a difficult time believing that not recording this donation
is simply an oversight by the Supervisors.
I'll stress. I have no objection
whatsoever to someone donating to the police department in thanks for
the good work they do. Maybe more people would do that. But
why are the supervisors
apparently twisting the truth and claiming it is anonymous, and then not mentioning the amount of the
donation or even that there was a donation? Are they
frightened it might be construed as a bribe?
Open and transparent?
for Tomorrow. Maybe it should be OBFUSCATE.
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