by Lake County News-Chronicle
August 11, 2011 at 3:00 am in Lake County News-Chronicle
In early July, the News-Chronicle made 11 requests for information from the City of Two Harbors. We received responses on four of them in July and the rest this past week. Continue Reading
Tags: Editorial, Opinion, Two Harbors 4 Comments »
Very interesting information. Aren’t these entities subject to audit by the state? I wouldn’t think the “convoluted” accounting would pass muster, since thousands of dollars are involved.
Now, how about digging into the broadband project? I just noticed Mark B’s comment Wednesday (now locked down because a new issue of the Chronicle has been released) that CBS news reported record cancellations of cable subscriptions have been occurring. And, the project’s financial estimate numbers he posted showed the project is potentially a $100 million dollar deal. I’d sure like to know how the number of potential subscriber RESIDENCES and BUSINESSES in Lake County, plus the folks in eastern St. Louis County are going to be able to afford to even begin to pay for the loans (Federal and County up-front monies) on this project.
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Instead of grandstanding in the newspaper, for the sake of selling newspapers, why doesnt the editor (Creger) meet with the Council members and get the whole story instead of half of it and ad-libbing what it means.
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I guess I’m wondering who works for whom here, Jerry? There are accounting industry guidelines called GAP, which are supposed to be followed by public entities, and tend to make things very clear to anyone who reads the information. Why not just make everything clear so no one has to waste any time?
As for the newspaper, I was always taught one of the news industry’s founding principles was to act as a watchdog on the public trust. It seems to me that is what the Chronicle is doing.
It also seems to me the council members have been elected to serve the best interests of their constituents and the community at large. That includes easy to understand and regular reporting of the city’s financial endeavors. In a tough economic climate like today, that charge is particularly important. And, as such, it is particularly newsworthy.
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Bravo on an excellent editorial, Mike! City government should understand that questions about their operations are understandable, normal, and healthy. No one should be defensive about it. I used to get very tired of my questions being put off using the Data Practices Act as an excuse. And I also thought Overom was beginning to act like a councilman instead of an attorney. Keep digging!
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