DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY FROM LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS!
By Max R. Weller
See the report in the Kansas City Star here: After 137 years, Wentworth Military Academy and College to cease operations . . .
Current Lexington mayor, Jerry Brown, is a former superintendent at Wentworth.
Years ago, when Jerry Brown was still a part of the WMA administration, he made a secret deal with then-Lexington City Administrator Abie Tempel to allow Wentworth’s delinquent sewer fees to slide; at the same time, the City of Lexington was trying to turn off the water of citizens who were behind on their sewer fees. The WMA amount was in the thousands of $$$, and most citizens were in arrears for only hundreds.
Of course, it was discovered and City Council back then put a stop to it immediately.
Moral of the story: Don’t trust anyone from either Wentworth or Lexington City Hall.
Since then, the city has purchased the local water utility, which had been privately-owned, and in part this was done to gain leverage over delinquent sewer fee accounts — “Pay up pronto, or we’ll shut off your water!”
But, it seems that taking on the responsibility of providing water to Lexington citizens is too much for Mayor Brown’s administration to handle. See Exhibit A below:
Would you want to drink, do laundry, or bathe in water that looks like the politicians have been peeing in it? (Note: this image was posted on a Facebook page by a concerned Lexington resident, but was then deleted by the admin without explanation.)
The mayor’s apologists stand by what has become the creed at City Hall in the old hometown since the 1970s — “Everything is fine, and if it isn’t fine, then just pretend that it is.”
I refuse to give up hope, and will take every opportunity to urge folks in the old hometown to register and vote for CHANGE at City Hall in the elections next April. Of course, I’m also urging good people to run for mayor and for each one of four city council seats that will be up for grabs then.
Throw the bums out!