I have an OP-ED forming in my head:
Time executive editor Bill Nangle, chief propagandist for the "One Region" organization, can't even make it through half his column in support of the Lake County Democrat e911 fiasco without pulling the race card.
In a column short on facts and long on the very elitism that he accuses the anti-e911 side with, he says that, "The move to have suburban and urban call centers in Lake County is just added proof of the unproductive north-south split in the county. It is wrong. It smacks of elitism and racism."
As one who is against consolidation of e911 at one location in Crown Point, I take great offense at being called a racist so casually by Nangle, with no evidence whatsoever.
What are the facts that Nangle fails to mention? That the current, "fragmented" 911 system only costs $7 million per year, and the proposed system will cost $36 million upfront and $11 million per year thereafter.
Also, that Lake County Democrat politicians are pushing to "competitively bid" the purchase of the e911 equipment rather than take advantage of pre-negotiated prices by the state of Indiana so that they can manipulate the bid process to send contracts to politically connected contractors, a common Democrat scam, as I found out during my run for Lake County Surveyor against disgraced, indicted Democrat George Van Til.
There is a split in Northwest Indiana, between those of us who are always asked to pay for the schemes of the elites, and those whom the elites treat as children, always doing for them what they should be doing for themselves. The e911 fiasco is no different, with suburban areas being asked to yet again bail out the failed north Lake County cities. It is no different than the STOP Team using suburban officers to police the cities. Our resouces are being used to fund services for someone else. It is taxation without representation.
Rather than accuse his fellow citizens of racism, perhaps Mr. Nangle should do his job. He works for a newspaper, after all. It is more important to report the truth than to push an agenda, but that is not what Nangle does. Instead, he pushes his agenda and unquestioningly supports the politicians who support his agenda. The citizens of Northwest Indiana are made poorer as a result.
What we really need is for the Northwest Indiana Times to get back to reporting the news, wherever it leads, and stop pushing the agenda of the "One Region" organization. Whether it be the Illiana tollway, or e911, or the STOP Team, the Times is always behind any scheme that minimizes the influence of the average citizen and gives more power to the elites of Northwest Indiana, corrupt, incompetent Democrats to a one. The Times must do better.