Update3: Goodhue’s article is back. Maybe its temporary disappearance was just a glitch?
Update2: Hmmm…when I went to check back on the Reporter/Keynoter story all I found was a dead link. I had a feeling the piece might disappear and/or get a make-under so I saved it for posterity. (Besides, I realized I forgot to include a link the first time around.) Here’s the original in all its one-sided glory. It’ll be interesting to see what, if anything, takes its place. Also, Rick Boettger has an update in today’s Blue Paper. The hearing went smoothly and the fines were imposed.
Update: If you want an adult take on the ethics violation scandal, here’s a story by Tim O’Hara from the Citizen. Yes, the Citizen is the adult in the room this time around. It’s astonishing.
Speaking of adults and astonishment, Rice responded by saying:
“I made a mistake,” Commissioner David Rice said. “I’m not perfect. I will pay whatever they fine me.”
Wow. Facing responsibility and accepting consequences. That’s new and different for a county commissioner. My guess is he knows when he’s busted and doesn’t see the sense in making it worse. Smart.
End of update.
So after my nasty-gram, the Keynoter/Reporter published a story about how four county commissioners got busted for ethics violations. It’s heavily slanted, unfortunately. But that’s to be expected I suppose. It’s the way of things in the Keys.
The excuses are flying fast and thick. Whatever the commissioners may lack in mathematical ability and common sense, they more than make up for with their incredible excuse-making talents. Sadly, excuse-making doesn’t do much for the public. It does plenty to the public, but it doesn’t do anything for the public.
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