Pharos-Tribune

October 8, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Business should be done in town, not elsewhere


Pharos-Tribune

---- — Business should be donein town, not elsewhere

Recently I’ve heard rumors of trips in secret to Germany and China. Trips not revealed until after the fact to protect the safety of the representatives, and their families, from “terrorist” attack. It seemed reasonable to assume this was a very early April Fools’ prank.

Having read the article from Monday, Sept. 30, Pharos-Tribune I now realize how grave the danger was; Logansport’s most precious resource was in peril the entire time. Of course I’m talking about out-of-town consultants!

These men and women selflessly put their lives on the line every day by taking our money in return for undocumented expenses. All the while never complaining other than to ask for another appropriation of CEDIT money. The thought of these people experiencing the tyranny of accountability is simply too much to bear.

Let’s not forget the vital role they play in our community. These people are critical in every facet of city government, from the budget process, to the TIF board, to deciding which unproven company should build our next power plant. There is no part of city government that doesn’t have the hand of an out-of-town consultant reaching in its wallet. In order to determine whether our out-of-town consultants are doing their job, we would need even more out of town consultants.

So it’s easy to see that our out-of-town consultants are a vital resource that must be protected. Even allowing one piece of vital information, such as receipts for services rendered and at what rate are we paying for said services, could invite “a reasonable likelihood of threatening public safety by exposing a vulnerability to terrorist attack.” If any harm were to befall our consultants the city would cease functioning.

That’s why we must do everything we can to protect them, starting with eliminating their travel. I know the concept of a “traveling salesman” is a crazy one, but if a vendor wants to do business with Logansport, let them meet our consultants where we can best protect them: Logansport. Why would we allow them to risk their lives traveling to Atlanta, when we can best keep them safe here?

Unless of course what they really fear is the “terrorism” of doing business out in the open where the people who are paying for their services can see what they’re getting for their money.

Matt Meagher

Logansport