Edgar Co. (ECWd) -
If you were to attend a county board meeting one day, then read the local paper the next, you might be shocked depending on which paper you read. In this case you would be shocked by both papers! One for the content of the reporting and the other for no reporting on the same issue.
During this week's county board meeting both local papers had their reporters present. You may recall that the Prairie Press recently expressed their opinion that they don't see any corruption in Edgar County. (Click here for our response on that subject)
During this meeting I spoke about the recent Attorney General Opinion regarding the Airport's violation of the Freedom of Information Act. They basically outlined that the Airport not only violated FOIA but also failed to provide the Attorney General with the documents they asked for. (Click here for copy of Attorney General letter)
Now I don't know about most people, but I believe it is a safe bet that a letter from the Attorney General outlining how the county violated the law.......again, just might be of interest to the public.
Have we forgotten a man died in a plane crash that has yet to have the cause determined? Or that we have two airplanes that were spray painted with personal messages directed at the father of the deceased pilot, Rusty Bogue, and then firebombed, which is still an unsolved arson. Or the fact we have uncovered proof of multiple bank accounts and CDs of which key people tried to claim never existed?
All of these matters point to corruption in this county. You see when it is clear people are breaking the law and nothing is done about it, it is corruption. A person doesn't have to be convicted to be a party to corruption. Jimmy Wells, the former airport manager, has not been convicted of anything............yet, but it is clear he has been a party to covering up the truth as it relates to matters at the airport.
The Attorney General letter is yet another example that points to corruption in this county, and even though I encouraged reporting of that matter during the meeting, we see in this week's Prairie Press there was nothing covered. Not one word to let the people know of the AG confirmed violations of the law at our county airport. I expected nothing less as those same reporter has been present for all of the airport corruption exposure of the last 2 years and have failed to report on most of it. What they did report on they got completely wrong. (Click here for a fair number of Airport articles!)
With that being said, I greatly appreciated the fact the Paris Beacon reporter not only ensured the public was made aware of the news from the Attorney General, but the fact she asked for a copy of the letter so that she could report the truth!
When the media refuses to report the events of wrongdoing by its government they can no longer be trusted.
Video of County Board Meeting - My comments begin at the 6:35 mark