Thursday, May 5, 2016

WDT: Corruption is in the Eye of the Beholder

    Sheldon Silver was sentenced this week and there was much chiding of our Assemblywoman over her support for the Speaker at the time of his arrest in 2015.  This week I saw a local GOP up and coming elected official declare on Facebook, "Tom Libous was a great man" upon hearing of the passing of the former Southern Tier senator driven from office by scandal.
    Now, I agree its generally wrong to speak ill of the dead as any person is the sum of far more than his or her mistakes. 
     It's just that the discussion of corruption that leads to endless editorials is not easy when you layer over it individuals, their accomplishments, the nature of the "corruption", the agenda of the accuser  and of course what party they are in.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/opinion/what-the-people-need-most-voters-want-legislators-to-address-corruption-this-year-20160505

7 comments:

Middle-Class Mike said...

"Well said WDT! I hope Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell reads it, and responds to it in an OP/ED! Assemblywoman Russell is on a new charm offensive this election, but the stink of supporting former Speaker Sheldon Silver in recent years, still permeates the air of District 116!" Mike Flynn 'Middle Class Mike'

Anonymous said...

Maybe we should start by addressing the heart of all corruption, which is the media. It is no coincidence that places like the city of Watertown are forced by NYS to select a paper of record and the only choice is WDT's. And the result of the choice is that every time any legal business is conducted, a check must be written to the media giant to get it published in the legal notices, by law.

How corrupt is that?

And how many decades has the internet been available to bypass this anachronistic practice that remains in place due to the corrupt incestuous relationship between politicians and the print media. Is it any wonder that baby Cuomo raises taxes and calls it a tax cut and the print media repeats the lie? Is it any wonder that the print media runs to SUNY to lead with their fake drama stories? Is it any wonder that the educational industrial complex gets its story printed each and every time they cry that no amount of money is enough? Is it any wonder that commercial advertising is still free of sales tax, in a state that taxes everything else?

Anonymous said...

Hastert was... I mean still is a great man.
His best work was during President Clinton's years. Former of course, not the President-elect.

Anonymous said...

Well said Mike and I agree entirely with you. The problem I have is with you leaving out the two Republican Senators Libous, and Skelos and their worshipers in the North Country. I havent heard any scolding editorals nor statements from Blankenbush, Ritchie, Coons and the Republican Elite. Mr Libous recently passed away and while it might be proper to extend their sympathay to the family they certainly should be no part of any pomp and ceremony given to these to this criminal.. I,m particulary interest in Patty making a statement other than it was unfortunate...

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

Oxymoron comes to mind: Honest Politician.

Anonymous said...

As long as they are in the right party, you never seem to mind, Dan.

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

11:44 - when did you finish that mind-reading class ... does your diploma say "Psychic or Psycho?"