Excerpt: Be outraged

Matt Westerhold
May 1, 2012


Excerpt from "Between the Lines" opinion page column, Sunday, April 29, 2012:

As your city crumbles in decay, right in front of your eyes, declare “I love Sandusky,” and propose a downtown parking fee plan targeting tourists to fund the very bureaucracy that continues to squander tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars every day, day in and day out. And never offer any criticism of the system.

Hire an interim police chief to replace the reformminded female chief you ran out of town. Make sure the new guy is strong on lip service and weak on action, wanting to please everyone and unable to please anyone. That should work.

Suspend police officers who violate basic standards but keep paying them — for months — and hire a Columbus labor attorney, an officer of the court, who is willing to redact public records of information that might prove most embarrassing to the police department, regardless of what the Ohio Revised Code requires.

High-fives, all around.

These are stories about administrative incompetence — widespread and pervasive — and the community’s acceptance of that.


Editor’s note: The column above represents the opinion of its author, and as a citizen he has the right to express that opinion. God Bless America.


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It never ceases to amaze me that when a paper reports something bad, they do it to "sell papers" but when they report something good it is to "sell papers". How is that possible????? You people who are complaining about the content of the paper just kill me. They don't make up the stories....they REPORT them. If you don't like the content, don't read the stories. But don't expect every story to be all light and fluffly because the world isn't like that. It isn't filled with all butterlies and flowers. It is also filled with a lot of angst and lava flows, people. We have to take the bad with the good. And just because a newspaper covers it and puts it on the front page or the second story doesn't make it a bad paper, it just means they are doing their job. If you expect to see a light fluffy story there, you are going to be disappointed every single day of your life. Until the world is a much better place to live, it simply won't happen. So you migh as well grow up and face the world as it is.


Kottage Kat


Well said and spot on. Not many "warm fuzzies" to report on.    



Sunday and Mondays op-eds were spot on.  

VTX Rider

 Thank you Matt!  Well said.  


I love reading the newspaper.  You get to read the supposed soiled laundry being aired by those placed in positions of trust.  Those that are charged in bringing unbiased news stories.  If you have a bone to pick with a ex-police chief, ex-city manager, current commissioner, or other elected officials then read the newspaper, your need for justification will be fulfilled.

As for the subject of charging a fee for tourist parking.  Charge a small fee to park (say $6 - $10) .  That's one less pitcher of beer to be consumed on Put-in-Bay.  We'll be doing society a favor. 



http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-fourth-estate.htm When the press starts useing its power as the 4th estate to influence the public with opinions instead of the actual facts it becomes part of the problem, If it states just the facts to educate the populance on issues that needs adressing it is doing its job. Know the difference.


Why doesn't  the SR call Perkins PD and see if any of the city commissioners names have popped up on any reports lately? Just wondering.

T. A. Schwanger

Matt. I have an idea for the song you reference:

 "We fell down in a burning ring of fire" by Johnny Trash


@Kattage Kat....thanks