Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Scott Greider

Scott is moving back to Fort Wayne and has a lot of passion about his beliefs.

He asked a question in an earlier comment, he wrote:

"Separately, are you sure you want to call the mayor a liar?"

If the Mayor lies then I will call him a liar Scott. This is NOT Cuba or Nazi Germany. The Mayor does not have the power to send the police to my house and arrest me and he certainly cannot take legal action against me. He lied and there is a room full of witnesses who heard him do it. I have had several of them call me and express dissatisfaction with the Mayor concerning this issue.

Scott I have a lot of convictions. I want to see that Fort Wayne grows and is a City that I can raise my family in. The Mayor made a promise to me in a public forum in front of a wide variety of people (Several of whom comment on this blog).

Pat Roller wrote down several of my questions and promised to get back to me in March of 2007.

I am still waiting on the Mayor, Pat Roller, The Deputy Mayor, and the City of Fort Wayne.

Scott there are a lot of unanswered questions and the City is required to make information public. This is The United States of America; not a Communist Country.

I know that you think Harrison Square is a good idea and that you do not care how many tax dollars are spent on the project. That is your prerogative.

I want to know the details and I want The Mayor of Fort Wayne to honor his personal promise.

Is that too much to ask?

The facts are clear The Mayor made a promise that he has refused to keep. That is wrong and it is shameful. As far as I am concerned the Mayor LIED. As far as I am concerned The Deputy Mayor also lied. In several public forums he promised the public that all questions would be answered.

I am still waiting...

I believe that Government should be both open and transparent.

This is a shameful exhibition by The Mayor's office and I will take this issue as far as I need to. I will ensure the City complies with the law and I will ensure they provide to me all information they are required to provide.

Scott, you seem to have a lot of faith in Government and that is certainly your prerogative. I do not think it is a good idea to have "blind faith" in Government. "Blind faith" is for Religion, not Government.

Who else thinks the Mayor lied?

Mike Sylvester


Anonymous said...


Didn't you ask like 50 financial specific questions?

Maybe the Mayor has more important things to deal with and hasn't had a chance to respond.

Jeff Pruitt said...


I think this administration has shown nothing but contempt for the process of citizen oversight. They seem to feel they should be able to do whatever they want and w/o any accountability.

That is simply not how government works - especially not in today's information age. Even IF they don't have those documents they MUST RESPOND to you and tell you that.

They simply see this as a nuisance - and perhaps it is. But they serve the people and they must follow the state's laws while doing so.

I can't wait to read the PAC's response. I think this will be yet another example of our local government violating the state's open record law.

I would suggest to Henry/Kelty that they designate someone responsible for handling these requests. I'm not saying this needs to be a full-time position but there does need to be a point of contact...

Chad said...

The city only hosted at least 5 open houses/forums on Harrison Square.

I'd say that's pretty good

LP Mike Sylvester said...


I asked 58 questions. I do not expect the Mayor to answer them; I expect him to be a leader and assign someone under him to answer them... I like to call it "delegating" authority.


At at each of those forums ANY specific questions regarding hotel occupancy and the like were ignored and citizens were told that those answers would be forthcoming...

We are still waiting.

The public forum's were cheerleading sessions not a method for answering citizen questions...

Mike Sylvester

Chad said...

Cheerleading sessions?

Anyone could attend.

Where were your people?

LP Mike Sylvester said...


I am not sure what you mean by my people. I attended several of the sessions in an attempt to learn more about the project.

I stopped attending them when I found out that no new infomration would be released.

They were solely meant to sell the project to the public, in other words, cheerleading.

I am not saying they should not have had the sessions, I am saying they were of limited value.

Mike Sylvester

Anonymous said...


What if 100 people asked 58 questions each? Just on Harrison Square.

Then another 100 folks ask 58 questions about the smoking ban.

Then another 100 folks ask 58 questions about ...well name your issue.

I guess the city has to hire more staff.

Jeff Pruitt said...

The YLNI meeting was certainly a cheerleading session. There were plenty of people there but no critics on the discussion panel. And there were two people on the panel that had absolutely nothing to do w/ the Harrison Square project - they were just supporters...

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Anonymous said...

I think the city of Fort Wayne should hire a full time staff to address Mike's questions and the other 20 or so people that want to micro manage their elected officials .... so much for smaller government.

Old Fort 83 said...

Having worked on capitol hill before, those elected officials answer hundreds and sometimes thousands (in the case of Lugar or Bayh) of questions and comments every single day. I don't agree with Mike too much, and I really like Richard, but there should be some sort of staff that handle questions such as these. 58 questions from 1 person might be a little much, but there should be people that serve this type of function, if there isn't already.

Anonymous said...

Mike - I believe you were lied to. But my opinion doesn't count for much. I'm too old, too set in my ways, too status quo, I pay too much taxes and I HAVE HAD IT. Look out!!! John B. Kalb

Anonymous said...

Folks, this is called due process. The city of fort Wayne failed in it. I dont care if a 1000 people asked 50 questions, it is the government's burden to answer them. In this day and age there are many outlets in which they could have done so.

Heck, they could have stuck information on this idea in my utilities bill rather than tell me how fast potholes are not being filled in my neighborhood. They could put the information on a website.

Im tired of the aristocratic ways of our elected officials.

Scott Greider said...

Mike, thanks for the headline billing, but I'd just as well stay in the comment section from now on, if you don't mind. :-(

And I gotta say, at this point if I were Richard, I'd be very tempted to not answer your questions simply out of spite! I mean come on... enough already! It's over.

Angry White Boy said...

Scott Greider said...
And I gotta say, at this point if I were Richard, I'd be very tempted to not answer your questions simply out of spite! I mean come on... enough already! It's over.

Which is one reason we need Matt Kelty leading this city instead of the good ole boy network that's been cramming failed projects down our wallets for years. A government that is spiteful will only fail and the recent primary is proof that we've had enough. We don't need more people leading with an attitude like yours in Fort Wayne.

As stated in Indiana code it's the mayor's responsibility to fullfil Mike's request:

IC 5-14-3-1: A fundamental philosophy of the American constitutional form of representative government is that government is the servant of the people and not their master.

The real issue at hand here is that Richard, Peters, Talarico, et alia think they're our masters.

[..] IC 5-14-3-1: Accordingly, it is the public policy of the state that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and employees. Providing persons with the information is an essential function of a representative government and an integral part of the routine duties of public officials and employees, whose duty it is to provide the information.

Note the last phrase: whose duty it is to provide the information.

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