Bill Dwelle should hang his head in shame for using the Memorial Day parade as a tool for his obsessive and aggressive agenda against the police department.
Make no mistake: Dwelle set up the controversy over traffic control for Monday's massive parade down U.S. 250.
Dwelle's parade agenda had nothing to do with the safety of parade participants and residents; it had nothing to do with honoring the men and women who sacrificed their lives in service to their country; it had nothing to do with responsible government.
The politics Dwelle paraded out for residents in recent weeks was all about embarrassing police officers, at all cost. It was the police department, after all, that sounded the alarm weeks ago about reduced manpower levels that threaten officer safety and the safety and security of residents and businesses alike. It was the police department that asked for guidance in early April about the logistics of assuring a safe parade.
Dwelle's response was the same as it always is: Be vague enough so no clear instructions are available, and then attack the decisions made in the huge void created by his lack of leadership.
The gag order on police officers, and letters sent but never received give rise to an almost perfect conspiracy theory. And for Dwelle, conspiracy theories and an attack plan are always just a reach away.
Enough is enough.
The men and women of the Perkins Police Department -- and some in the fire department -- took a stand against Dwelle's flagrant and crass attempt to inject politics into this patriotic event. That was not an easy decision for them to make, but it was the right decision.
Perkins police officers will be at the parade. There was never real doubt about that. But the root of all this confusion -- the bungling here as with most other issues regarding township government -- lies at the feet of big Bill Dwelle.
Grow up, already.