The Friday Night Massacre

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    Ken Gray

    When city hall releases information on Friday evening, it diminishes the trust the media and the public have in open and inclusive government.
    The audit releases on potholes and Lansdowne timing shows a municipal government frightened of owning up to its own mistakes. By sending out information late on Friday, it means television is hard-pressed to get such information on the air at 6 p.m. and the releases, with embarrassing information, are likely to be of little importance on Monday and little interest to a preoccupied public on weekends.
    This is not open, caring and inclusive government. It’s just gamesmanship.
    This is sly and calculating government which widens the gap between the public and the city government.
    But the mayor, city staff and communications know this yet do the Friday night massacre anyway.
    It is unbecoming of the three entities in the above sentence and yet another reason to look forward to the Oct. 22 election where, hopefully, the public can put an end to such sad practices.
    Such releases reveal the true nature of city government and it’s not pretty.

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    sisco farraro

    Hi Ken. Debates usually begin when someone takes an untenable position on an issue and is challenged by others, then has to support his/her position or back down. Do you really think anyone is going to say “Ken Gray is really missing the point here?” I don’t. In my opinion, you have presented a real head-shaker, as in city hall seems to be pulling the wool over our eyes on this one. I’d look for a simple solution instead – no press releases after noon on Fridays. Simple and effective.


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