Really Inexpensive Rebuttal to Mayor's Expensive Self-Protection Bull/etin

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By Sharon Daly

Like you, I received a letter in the mail from Mayor Calderone this weekend reiterating, for the third time and at your expense, that the $20k raise proposed by Commish Mark Hosty for Tim Gillian was just a "comment," Commish Rory Hoskins is a politically motivated poopyhead, and that the Review's story was irresponsible, factless and salacious.

Lots to consider here but blatant cheating in the first sentence of your taxpayer funded Truther Bull/etin will, for most readers, undermine your argument, i.e. crush your cred.

 Here is the first sentence of the mayor's letter to our residents and businesses:

"You may have read in a recent edition of the Forest Park Review that our Village Administrator 'nearly received a 'Christmas bonus' in the form of a $20,000.00 pay increase."  (No, I have no idea where the mayor's missing end quote is and strongly suggest a proper proof reading for Bull/etins sent on the taxpayers' dime. Onward.)

On the other hand, here is the sentence from the Review's news story that Calderone fake quotes:

"Village Administrator Tim Gillian was almost given a hefty Christmas present – a 20 percent raise – by the Forest Park Village council on December 17, but three commissioners reportedly shot it down in closed session."$20K-pay-raise-for-Forest-Park-village-administrator?/

Having attended grade school, I understood that there are hard rules regarding the use of quotes, e.g. "Use quotation marks to show the reader the exact phrase being borrowed word-for-word from a source." As a courtesy to readers, and for the writer's credibility, it is also a common convention to provide the source of the quote:  See, like that.

The rest of the letter is essentially Calderone justifying Calderone as the total owner of 'the truth.' I'm sorry, Mr. Mayor, but in what universe is an elected official's closed meeting pitch to award a 20% raise considered a 'remark?' While there has been a dizzying spin/re-writing of this event, I'm sure you will agree that not one person in that room perceived the pitch as a "remark" or a "starting off point" for discussion.

In fact, it was suggested (and now completed) that Gillain's salary be comp'ed to similar villages. In fact, a straw poll was taken in which most of the electeds said, and I'm paraphrasing here, Hell no! Are you crazy? Voters and taxpayers have a right to know if a crazy person is sitting on the council, right?

Mr. Mayor, I don't know how many folks call you on the phone to "personally" discuss the "perceived as real" voices in their head but most residents do not believe that Hosty's pitch was a just a "remark'"  (It was a joke! Gosh, can't you people take a joke?!?)

Nor do they believe Gillian was involved in the pitch. I suppose it could have been a conspiracy, but that didn't occur to most of us until you brought it up.

Nor are most residents suffering the "terrible ill effects" you speak of – only Hosty and, I guess, you.

You are losing your public marbles over the fact that Hosty screwed up badly. You could have let Hosty take the hard knock he deserved and you would have, if you were truly acting in the village's best interests.

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Geo Brazen  

Posted: January 23rd, 2013 11:15 AM

Edward P. you should have gone to the dictionary, it's "whirlybirds".

Bill from Melrose Park South   

Posted: January 23rd, 2013 10:49 AM

Careful, Eddie, boy, careful. The mayor's supporters might run into each other and injure themselves running to the dictionary to look up them big, fancy words you use.

Edward P. from Forest Park  

Posted: January 23rd, 2013 8:52 AM

Billy, as your wirlybirds are flowering in your head, why don't you share with us the part or parts about our mayor not telling the truth? You're beginning to show the same incompetence as Ms. Daly. Are your wirlybirds conjoined?

Bill from Melrose Park South  

Posted: January 23rd, 2013 8:39 AM

Perhaps the mayor could get in the habit of telling the truth to the media in the first place. A pile of verbal dung is a pile of verbal dung, whether it's a mayoral quote in the newspaper or printed up and mailed out at taxpayer expense.

Edward P. from Forest Park  

Posted: January 23rd, 2013 1:07 AM

Perhaps the mayor should consider writing us more frequently and by mail. I enjoyed this as well as some of my friends. Since the FPR is biased he cannot get a fair shake, hey even Obama gets to use the bully pulpit with us taxpayers dimes, why should'nt the mayor. I truly appreciate getting the straight scoop. Thank you Mayor Calderone.

Bill from Melrose Park South  

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 10:49 PM

"Perhaps the mayor should refund the cost to the village from his PAC, which took in $14.5k in the fourth quarter of 2012." Exactly. The same one chaired and treasured by noted journalist Amy Rita.

Stacy from Forest Park  

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 4:31 PM

This blog is horrible. You are so incredibly rude and disrespectful. The letter I got was perfectly acceptable and sure cleared up a few things. Lets face it, this paper hates the Mayor (esp. you) and prefers headlines with shock value which imply something other then the truth. Sad but true.You're an OP implant who hates Forest Park almost as much as the owner of the Review, who is another OPer. Stop trying to divide us! True FPers will fight you all the way!

Geo Brazen  

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 10:12 AM

I think he's been eating too much beef and drinking too much milk. The BGH has got him producing a whole lot of bullcrap lately.

forest park TAXPAYER!  

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 9:43 AM

I am still not quite sure how the Mayor can justify sending a letter out on the taxpayers' dime. Just who does he think he is and why is he so whiny lately? Never mind, he's always whiny whenever anyone questions any of his actions or makes a comment. He needs to get over himself!

Sharon Daly from Forest Park, Illinois  

Posted: January 21st, 2013 5:22 PM

OT: seems some folks are having difficulty finding the blogs, a particular blog and/or knowing when there is a new blog post. The very nice blog lady at the Review suggested the most direct route might be 'click Community in the top info bar, then click Blogs, then do a search by blogger if you wish.' If you're a big Facebook/Twitter user, go to FPR on their joints. I've started bumping my new posts, so readers might be alerted in the Recent Comments section. Think i'll stick w/the word 'bump' - it's so elegant :)

ill state board elec  

Posted: January 21st, 2013 11:30 AM

I agree. It's pretty outrageous but sadly not surprising that his political damage control message was sent out apparently using village postage and office supplies. Perhaps the mayor should refund the cost to the village from his PAC, which took in $14.5k in the fourth quarter of 2012. I wonder if the mayor's whining tone inspires confidence among his campaign contributors from the FP business community. The report Recognize any names? Let them know what you think.

stop your whining from forest park  

Posted: January 21st, 2013 10:31 AM

From that letter, I got the impression that Mr. Calderone is much too sensitive for politics. Time for the big baby to retire.

Sharon Daly from Forest Park, Illinois  

Posted: January 21st, 2013 9:11 AM

From an email I received yesterday, "The letter is quite political, bashing a commissioner (I assume Hoskins) and the Review. I am just curious as to why we have to pay Tony's postage for his political/P.R. battles? Does Hoskins' have the same resources and ability to send out stuff to smear the mayor?" Any answers?

Sharon Daly from Forest Park, Illinois  

Posted: January 20th, 2013 11:18 AM

So, did you read the letter? 'It's a doozy' just doesn't do it justice. Other descriptions welcome.

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