Thursday, May 08, 2008

Kempen Speaks!

Or at least he wants to. I knew something was in the works but was afraid to spill the beans less it not happen.

From Matt Sheley at the Newport Daily News:
On Wednesday morning, the former town administrator submitted a letter to the Middletown Town Council, indicating he’d like to speak about his separation agreement and allegations against “certain town officials” that prompted him to leave the position in December.

From Council Prez Rodrigues who just recently said that Kempen didn't want to speak on the topic:
I want to hear what the solicitor has to say before making any comment.

I have a suggestion for a comment. How about, "It sounds like the shit may to hit the fan so take cover?

From Councilor "White Knight" Silveira:

...based on past conversations with Kempen, he assumed it [the letter] dealt with the former town administrator’s interest in coming forward and discussing his concerns. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again that the dark cloud that looms over Middletown needs to be cleared away,” Silveira said. “People talk about perception and reality and the reality is it looks like Mr. Kempen was paid off for the seeming ethical misconduct of certain people. As a community, it’s very difficult to move forward without knowing the clear facts and the taxpayers have the right to know the severance package and the allegations lodged against certain town officials.”

From Councilor V. Prez Shirley R. Mello:
the whole situation is being turned into an election issue. I thought we were done with this. “We followed what the attorney general told us to do, but obviously, it’s an election year, so I guess it’s not. Really, I don’t understand the purpose of all this. We have a new administrator. Why are we moving backwards and how does this help the town of Middletown?”

The accusation seems to be that politics are being played. No duh! Politics is anything to do with government. This is a legitimate topic. Let the man speak! Honor the spirit of the Charter. Why the secrecy? It involves not only our money but our government. Remember, we the people?

Old joke on definition of politics:

Lil' Johnny goes to his dad and asks, "What is politics?"

Dad says, "Well son, let me try to explain it this way. I'm the breadwinner of the family, so let's call me Capitalism. Mommy is the administrator of the money, so we'll call her the Government. We're here to take care of your needs, so we'll call you The People. The nanny, well, consider her The Working Class. Your baby brother, we'll call him The Future. Now go think about this and see if it makes sense."

So the little boy goes off to bed thinking about what Dad has said. Later that night, he hears his baby brother crying and runs to his room only to find that his diapers are very soiled. So the little boy goes to his parents' room. Mom is sound asleep. Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the nanny's room. Finding the door locked, he looks through the peephole and sees his father in bed with the nanny. He gives up and goes back to bed.

The next morning, the little boy says to his father, "Dad, I think I understand what politics is now."

"Good son, tell me in your own words then what politics are."

The little boy replies, "Well, while Capitalism is screwing the Working Class, the Government is sound asleep, the People are being ignored and the Future is in deep shit."
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