...21 days in October and 21 days in November, for some inkling of public or private reaction to a story in the morning paper. This marks six weeks of apparent "So what?" from all points.
We refer to the story about the NBA’s new contract which will deliver an additional $55 million per year to the Pacers owners. It is also mentioned that the CIB recently agreed to hand the team sixteen million tax dollars per year for building operation and maintenance because the poor owners are having trouble keeping afloat financially. Or so they tell us.
Under present procedures, we’ll never really know. The same story gives us this quote from the new president of the Pacers. (Please excuse the "shouting". We only want to awaken someone. Anyone! Our emphasis.)
"WE DON’T GO INTO A LOT OF DETAIL, ESPECIALLY WITH THE MEDIA, IN TERMS OF WHAT THE FINANCIALS ARE."
The article quotes the president of the CIB as saying "We still believe our current agreement is in the best interest of the city and CIB." It is glaringly obvious that political "leadership" hasn’t the least interest in and cares absolutely nothing about the taxpayer.
One might have expected a "Why the hell not???" from the media itself. The only conclusion which can be drawn is that a capable reporter has been told by management that asking questions is taboo - that editorial policy forbids embarrassing public Santa Clauses. Or the arrogant recipients of their generosity.
Nor did we ever see any taxpayer written letters to the editor. Are we correct in assuming that the average citizen/taxpayer has read all the news of interest after perusing the usual front-page coverage of sports, and that turning the pages is not worth the effort?
There’s an old adage about the man being asked whether the worst public problem is ignorance or apathy. His answer - "I don’t know and I don’t care!" Is this Joe Indy?
There’s a line in the movie "1776" which we think bears repeating. A messenger from General Washington comes into the Continental Congress and ends his dire report with a plaintive "Is anybody there? Does anybody care?"