Pharos-Tribune

April 16, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Democratic Party chairman responds to criticism


— I’ve been getting a ton of letters, emails and phone calls regarding the recent letter written to the Public Forum by Mr. Alumina in defense of his project and team working on the Logansport power issue.

In the letter, Mr. Almuina accuses the Democratic Party of Cass County of attempting to sabotage his project in Logansport.

Mr. Almuina and Mayor Franklin have specifically called out folks with the last name of Kitchell and Brugh as being the only people supposedly with questions regarding the power issue. Please feel free to add my name to your list. As chairman of the Democratic Party and an American, I proudly support the right of anyone to question public officials or projects from any national, state, county or municipal government. When we feel something is not correct or complete, it is our right and duty as an American to question.

Perhaps if the voting record was checked at the city council meetings, Mr. Almuina would notice that there are several seated Republicans, not named Kitchell or Brugh, who have cast votes that have not always agreed with the party line as called out in your letter.

I see another one of those nasty folks with opinions other than yours and Mayor Franklin’s is in the April 10 public forum as well.

As far as the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner goes, thanks for the plug. It was a sell-out again this year, we had a great time and I thank everyone for attending, but I don’t remember seeing your name on the guest list, Mr. Almuina. Did they teach you in Canadian schools about those two great American presidents and their lifelong service to their country? How the great open debates of their time helped to shape the world we now live in? I doubt it, but there I go getting off track again.

Listen, Mr. Almuina, disagreement in America does not have to mean there is a question in the quality of your work or the team you have assembled.

I’m sure that you have put forward the best idea that makes you the most money and solves the issues at hand in the best possible manner you can think of.

You’re a business man, as am I, but let’s not pretend your concern is about anything other than a win and a potential reference site, which it appears you badly need. Winning is good, but you’re not going to push around or insult voting, tax-paying citizens who actually happen to live in the city and county that you will leave with your profits in hand once the project is over. Logansport will still be here and so will our two-party system of government, sir.

As for Mayor Franklin, Lord knows he hasn’t done anything political since his election. At least he lives and votes here. The punch line here is that electricity doesn’t care what party you are from, Mr. Almuina.

This is a serious issue and I don’t envy Mayor Franklin for having to make this decision on his watch, but he did want the job and I wish him luck for all our sakes.

In closing, I look forward to seeing you at next year’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Mr. Almuina. I’ll save you a table right up front.

Paul Ulerick

Chairman, Cass County

Democratic Party