To the Editor:
Last Friday, July 24, 2009, I became privy to the following article. I have reason to believe it came from a computer, but I do not have one so I'm not sure. I am quite sure that the retired junior high teacher is none other than myself.
Subject: It's Great to live in a small town!
One day a local businessman was walking down the main street of his small town. The local businessman met one of his former junior high retired teachers on the street and asked the former teacher "What's new?" The retired junior high teacher replied, "funny you should ask". The retired junior high teacher said he received a phone call last night from a previously employed local utilities employee that wanted the retired junior high teacher to know that the picture of the local foundation business member giving a check to the previously employed local utilities employee had been doctored. The previously employed local employee is also the secretary of the local fire department and the local fire department was receiving money from the local foundation. Little did the previously employed local utilities employee know that the shirt he had on also had the logo of his new employer. The local fire chief then told the fireman who applied of the local grant that he go to the local paper and DEMAND the logo be taken out of the picture. When the local paper asked why the fireman who wrote the grant said "it would bring hard feelings to the members of the local fire department who works for the utilities." The local utilities is in negotiations for the local natural gas franchise with the employer of the previously employed local utilities employee. The local businessman then stated "everyone in this small town should know what the local fire chief and maybe the department is up to." The retired junior high teacher agreed. And they all lived for another day. The end.
I understand the logo on the shirt was of Alliant Energy. However, I've always thought Alliant gave some money to the Traer Fire Department.
It sure is scary when the voters decisions are ignored, when elected officials ignore the wishes of the electorate, and you can't even dress as you see fit. "Is this democracy?"
Ross A. Hamilton
714 4th Street, Traer