Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Is it Right?

I got a call from one of my good friends the other day, a nice Democratic fellow I went to college with. We talked about all kinds of things since I haven't seen him in a month or so. One way or another our conversation rolled onto the topic of the Mayor's wife since the story ran over the weekend. He mentioned how he had sent flowers and a card to her, wishing her well after her nasty accident. He then mentioned how he got a thank you letter from her.

What interests me about it all is that he received a thank you from the Mayor's wife on City letterhead, paid for on the City's mail account.

For all of you out there that think I am saying something bad about the Mayor's wife, note I am not. I think that it is very nice she thanked everyone who sent her get well wishes.

My problem is that the Mayor and his staff are so arrogant that they would send thank yous out on the City's dime.

I pay my taxes for things the government should do; roads, schools and protection. Now, I realize that they are using my money that should be going to protect me and my family and using it for mailings.


At 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If any of you who write this blog had half the integrity, grace, and commitment to this city that Amy Peterson possesses, you'd understand what public service is all about.

She and her husband, of course, would never dignify such unbelievably and profoundly insensitive comments.

If this post is coming from that individual who previously interned in the Office of Mayor Bart Peterson and subsequently chose to work for an individual who lacks any sense of integrity, and who also chose to video tape mothers and their children, and who the Indianapolis Star has publically called "creepy," I can only say that sadly your behavior today is unsurprising.

It's one thing to play politics aggressively. It's another thing to attack a man's family.

At 1:41 PM, Blogger Brody said...

As I knew would happen, the spinners of the Democratic party would try and make it look like I was attacking the Mayor's wife.

In no way was I doing that. I even said so in the post. I was even nice enough not to use her name as you did in your comment.

Keep it on task. The mayor should not use City money for personal stuff. That is the meat of this post.

Now, shout about something else to distract from the true story. Sometimes people mess up. The Mayor did here, plain and simple.

P.S. I never interned in the Mayor's office and have never operated a camcorder.

At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever "creepy."

At 2:39 PM, Anonymous Todd said...

I love how Demo-Dwarfs try and make Brody out to be an evil guy.

The post says nothing bad about the Mayor's wife. It directly says the Mayor and his staff.

At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brody, you changed your comments and went into damage control.

At 5:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously, you guys just wanna fight?

At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, you took a cheap shot at the Mayor using his wife who fell 12 feet into an orchestra pit.

No, you didn't use her name as you so cutely point out. But you aren't cute, nor are you funny.

For a poster who wishes to "fix indy," you have fallen far short of your intention. Regardless of what party you support, this post has taken partisanship to a new low.

You should be ashamed of yourself.

At 9:07 PM, Anonymous Jason Gunders said...

Classy Sym...

You attack blindlessly the loved First Lady of Indianapolis, a women who serves with grace and class.

You hide behind a psuedonym, and mindlessly hurl allegations at Amy Peterson.

I'd be happy to pay for stationary for Mrs. Peterson to respond to citizens' concerns.

Just curious Sym, should the government pay for a phone for the Mayor to call citizens?

Of course it should.

But, I'm glad you got back from vacation a few weeks ago, I needed to laugh at this pathetic excuse for anything.

I agree with 10:55, be aggresive with politics, but use your head.

At 3:57 PM, Anonymous Susie said...

From what I read, Brody questioned the use of tax money to mail personal thank yous. There was no attack on Mrs. Peterson. The responders cannot read or else they deliberately choose to fly off the handle. As for "anonymous" saying this posting has nothing to do with Fixing Indy, I say that questioning the use of taxpayer money is always a right for any taxpayer.

At 5:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are not evil, you are petty. The city's first lady sent a thank you note on city letter head. You describe the use of resources of your hard earned tax dollars on a $.001 cent piece of paper. I'm wrong, I'm sure the tax and spender used a $.39 stamp.

At 6:37 PM, Anonymous Pointman said...

I do believe there is a certain latitude for this particular type of thing since it would possibly reflect badly on the city were Mrs Peterson to not send out the notes. Were it Mrs. Daniels or Mrs. Bush it would be the same - it amounts to a quasi diplomatic/PR function in my mind.

I'm a dyed in the wool - 3 steps to the Right of Genghis Khan - Uncompassionate - Conservative and while I lift an eyebrow in amusement over this - I don't think she was wrong or that this was an improper use of the Mayor's funds.

Still, I think your post has served to draw out the duplicity of Peterson devotees, if not the larger part of the Left.

Instead of calmly pointing out the diplomatic potential, or another reason this could be considered legit, they attack you, personally.

This is the most dangerous form of oppression for it stifles legitimate issues of debate for fear of personal attack. For once the attacks begin they become the center of the discussion and the original issue is burried. And a lot of people will therefore simply not bother bring it up.

Does that make those people cowards? Some may think so. But how many times does it have to happen before a smart person, or a busy one, decides there are simply better, more productive uses of their time.

At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The question here is not whether or not any one serves with grace and poise or brings rays of sunshine to the otherwise dreary lives of Indianapolis citizens. The question was, should those same Indianapolis citizens have to pay for a personal note to anyone that is not done in the course of carrying out their official and tax payer funded duties? This question should be asked to everyone on the city payroll from the dog catcher all the way to the Great El Barto the tree planter. I think even the most partisan of you would agree that this in no way could possibly pass as an activity being performed in the course of carrying out a public duty.
No one is blindly attacking anything, no one is discounting any grace or poise or class. Nor is it “creepy” to question a questionable expenditure.
I believe what you have just done is called "trolling", to some people “trolling” is apparently a big deal and possibly the eighth deadly sin, I personally don’t think it is, but either way I think this makes you a troll.


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