Dear LiB: Did You Know, by Mayor George Doscher

Did you know that Sir John Dalberg-Action in the 1800’s said “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”?  This very powerful statement has been proven true through history at all levels of government.

Why do I bring this to your attention?  The reason is your local government and the arrogance of power that appears to be on display. In the most recent pre-council meeting, a debate was held about planting trees in the cinder lot at Bellevue Memorial Park to act as a buffer for the neighboring Ross Township residents, due to the predicted increase in parking with the opening of the dog park. These 21 trees at a cost of just under $3000 would replace the approximately 12 trees that were removed 3 years ago. (They were removed 3 years ago, as they were growing into the power lines and uncared for). And, oh yes, these new trees will be planted in the exact same spot where the trees were removed 3 years ago.

My point today is not with if the trees should be planted or if the trees should have been removed in the first place; my concern is with how Council has decided to pay for them. As it was proposed to Council, the hard earned money from taxpayers would pay for the trees but it was also brought to the attention of Council that there was a strong possibility that free trees could be obtained through a tree vitalization program. In addition to this, the public made comments at the meeting of supporting going for the free trees and one person, who is educated as a landscape architect, stated that the current plan had some flaws, such as the type of tree being selected in mass should be looked at and that how they were being placed was not a good idea. We all know what happened next…….Council President Woshner stated that she read on the Internet that what was planned was indeed the best and I can only assume this means our educated professionals are dead wrong!

I will pause here for a moment and let you think about what you just read…………………You got it, arrogance of power, power that corrupts, a decision of the majority of the council members present to spend your money instead of trying to get the same, if not better trees, that would have been hand selected and the instillation overseen by an Arborist, again at no cost. One good thing did happen, a compromise was reached and Council decided to only purchase 15 trees and attempt to get the rest for free, the price tag dropped to just under $2500. Doesn’t that make you feel better knowing that Council saved $500 of your tax money?  Arrogance of power, power that corrupts, just another example of a majority of Council that will get what they want, when they want it, for the projects they hold dear and the hell with what is best for all of Bellevue and you, the taxpayer.

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15 Responses to “Dear LiB: Did You Know, by Mayor George Doscher”

  1. Mark, there are two possibilities here…1) Either you’re truly as stupid as you make yourself out to be. Or, 2), the more likely possibility, this is how you play your game. You find something that someone else wrote and distort the facts to make it appear to be coming from the mouth of someone who threatens to rightfully take back the power and control you and your friends have held onto for years.

    You know full well that i did not not draft this letter. You know full well who actually did write this letter and rather than attacking him for some odd reason you choose to go after me. I suspect it is because there is no political advantage for going after the mayor any more and you’ve strategically chosen your new target. You know that I and my colleagues in Liberty in Bellevue are a serious threat and so you’re grasping at straws to blemish the public’s view of me personally, and our group corporately. Am I getting close to the truth here? I suspect I am.

    I’m not going to force you to acknowledge your lie this time. I’m not going to force you to apologize for it this time either. I’m going to take your little assault on me as a badge of honor.

    In terms of a response about what I learned in seminary…let me tell you. I learned to follow in the footsteps of a man who identified corruption and injustice and called it by its true name, evil. I learned to follow in the footsteps of a man who sought to unveil truth and stopped at nothing to do so. I learned to follow in the footsteps of a man who was murdered on a cross for challenging the political forces of his day. I learned to follow in the footsteps of a man who demanded that his followers pick up their crosses and do as he did. And you know what, that man turned out to not only be a man, but the living, breathing incarnation of God himself.

    So, here I am Mr. Purcell, a mere disciple of Jesus who is calling you and your friends out on the carpet. The inspiration for this group, which has done nothing but gain momentum from its inception, comes from my passionate drive to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and I’m ready to go toe to toe with you without fear or hesitation. You and your friends may have run challengers out of the community in the past by creating lies and attempting to destroy their credibility, but not this time Mark, I’m not that easily intimidated by you. Bellevue deserves much better than the lies and corruption you and “your friends” have offered it over the past 20 years. Enough is enough, it is time for the truth to come out! Dare I say the reason you’re so upset and attempting to tear down this group is because we’re actually starting to uncover that truth for the masses to see?!?!

    I suppose that is up to the hundreds of people who read this blog on a daily basis to decide.

  2. Sorry, but I really don’t listen when people type in caps…

    Mr. Mayor: Amen.

    Oh, and by the way, it doesn’t help an argument by restating something someone else said in a condescending manner. Although I WILL say that, if you attended Catholic Mass, you, Mr. Purcell, wouldn’t be calling anyone someone’s “lap boy.” Your own statements are hateful.

    Okay…I’m done…. :\

  3. Please tell me why you are constantly bashing one person rather than just the whole group? There are more individuals involved in this rather than Mr. Fodi himself. Other people want change for Bellevue;

    They, being LiB, are trying to rejuvenate a town, and reform government. How else can change happen unless things like this happen (“things” being changing unnecessary policies that are holding prosperity back)? If you are as familiar with Bellevue as you say you are, you should know that it is not the same nor as prosperous as it used to be. Do you even live in Bellevue? You say you’re not trying to intimidate anyone, yet that’s what you’re doing by constantly back lashing. What are you so afraid of that you want to continue seeing the council make poor decisions like the trees when better opportunities have been presented to them and they ignore the obvious choices?

    Fiscal responsibility and keeping in mind what the people of Bellevue need is what any form of government should be concerned with. From all that I’ve heard and read (not just here but elsewhere), have shown me that that is not the case. Of course no government is going to please everyone; to be geeky and quote Spock “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one.” LiB isn’t doing anything for their own benefit: they are working to benefit the whole of Bellevue. I’m sure that not everything the Bellevue council has done/is doing is terrible; but I think we can all agree that something needs to be done; action taken rather than bickering, and POSITIVE action rather than disruptive action. You may backlash me and say that they are disruptive in their actions against whatever “peace” is in Bellevue, but would, say, something like the Civil Rights Movement would have taken off if passionate people hadn’t wanted something better for the community? Most likely no. It’s time for change, whether you’re ready for it or not.

  4. Mr. Purcell,
    If you think that the mayors letter is FULL of lies, then you need to take it up with him. As you can see from looking through our previous blog posts, this is a forum for both opinion and fact. The difference between what we do and what you do is that we use these people’s OWN WORDS to base our opinions and blogs from. We record their words, review their words, and then form our blogs around their words and our investigation into what they say. You continue to try to pin words to the wrong people. If you would have taken a moment to read the title and the AUTHOR of this blog, it would have dawned on you that Tom did not compose this blog. As you can see, every blog that is posted on this site has a title and an author. Check it out sometime. And while you’re at it, please take 90 minutes to watch the circus act video from last weeks pre-council meeting. If you still support these people after watching that video, then I really think there’s no hope. Your incessant need to chime in on every blog and Facebook post that LiB put up is confirmation that your hands are in the pot. When a group comes along that serves as a “watchdog”, it can be very unsettling to people like you and your friends. Especially since the current and past councils have been able to pass ridiculous ordinances, raise taxes, spend tax dollars, and over regulate with little to no public input or direct exposure. LiB is a threat to their egos and their sense of power. But it’s been a long time coming. I’ve learned a valuable lesson, I’ve learned to never assume that people that have the power to do good will use their power for good. Many, many, many Bellevue residents are having an awakening that they’ve sat back for too long, thinking that these people were making great decisions for the direction of the town. Many people have said “oh my, this is partly my fault for never coming to meetings and overseeing the decisions that are being made that effect me.”

    I don’t agree with the mayor on everything, and he and I have had some intense differences in the past. But when it comes to this blog about the trees, I think he nailed it. Just because I support his opinion on this issue does not mean that I support his every move, every word, or every action. You can try to pigeon hole me and other LiB members as much as you’d like, but we continue to prove you wrong.

  5. I just want to say, that these conversations have really started to plant the seeds in Bellevue (that wasnt meant to be a tree reference). It is great to see other fellow community members joining into the discussion. I really hope to meet you all at some point. Twice this week while out at a volunteer activity and at the council meeting last night I met some new people who, after I introduced myself, both asked if I was the guy writing on the LiB page 🙂 Their words of encouragement were fantastic and I look forward to meeting more of you at local events in the near future. Keep up with your local government folks, pay attention, and as Mr Purcell has told us before, make up your own mind 🙂

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