Deception?… hardly.

Nothing like starting the New Year off with a public call for your resignation.

A woefully misinformed Mr. Steve Parker writes in today’s N&R: “I find it sad indeed that the people of Greensboro are not asking for the resignations of those members of the Parks and Recreation Commission who scammed residents out of $12 million…

Nobody “scammed” anyone out of anything, Mr. Parker.

If what you are talking about is the fact that the $12M swim center was nested within the larger P&R bond in November, then you need to get your facts straight. (Didn’t that used to be the job of an editor?)

It was your City Council who did the deed to which you are referring.  And by placing it on the ballot, they went AGAINST the recommendations of the Commission.

It was only after the bond’s contents where set by the Council that this Commissioner – and this Commissioner only – recommended that the swim center folks lay low lest the issue, which had failed twice before, torpedo the funding for some very real needs that the balance of the bond was to provide.

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8 Comments

  1. Posted January 1, 2009 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    I remember thinking your Nov 4th post, linked above, needed some chlorine to dilute the smell when I first read it.
    I thought…hhhmmm, I believe David’s gonna wish he hadn’t said that.
    Care to enlighten us (or me really, since I have a lack of knowledge on the issue) as to which council person was behind the scheme to cost each one of us hardworking tax paying citizens $48?
    Genius, political genius.
    Let’s put some parallel bars and a basketball goal in the Greensboro Auditorium and try the same thing for an auditorium bond in November.

  2. dhoggard
    Posted January 1, 2009 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    It was, mainly, Mike Barber.

    I never regret telling the truth, Tony.

  3. Tommy
    Posted January 1, 2009 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    David,
    I remember your attendance at the city council meeting where the bonds were discussed. The pool proponents were hardly ecstatic over your comments. As I recall, you stated the swim facility wasn’t on the P&R commission’s radar until 2010 or 2012.

    However, all of this is beyond the point, since the bonds and their component parts were written about in the N&R, Rhino and the City of Greensboro website. Mr. Parker”s only issue is his lack of reading comprehension or possibly his failed desire to be an informed voter.

    If any citizen has a problem with the manner in which tax dollars are spent, they should start their efforts by showing up at meetings and finding out what is happening. Get involved! Don’t sit back and be a Monday morning quarterback.

    Thank you for your service and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  4. dhoggard
    Posted January 1, 2009 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    Couldn’t have said it better myself, Tommy. And you are welcome.

  5. mick
    Posted January 2, 2009 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Tony,
    Here’s an idea…. try going for somewhat less than 50 Million. Just a thought from a supporter. Some people think that is a lot of money.

    Plenty of debate here and at your blog on the P&R/Pool subject.

    All,
    Personally I think, if we (“WE” is what we Swim Parents of the Secret Society like to call ourselves) were trying to hide this info we didnt do a very good job. Unless “hiding” the issue in plain sight is considered a good job. Just google it and read all the articles, endorsements, blog posts, debates, You Tubes, etc that you can stand.

    Im glad but shocked the thing passed. I was personally willing to go with P&Rs original plan and only in hindsight do I think pushing for the pool/P&R bond in 08 was a good idea. Up until about midnight of election day I thought the whole thing was a waste of time and effort. I really did think Parks and Rec and The Commission had the right idea. But lemons, lemonade, etc.

    The durn thing passed by a huge margin. Far beyond the possible effects of some conspiracy to dupe the masses. Get a life folks. In a few years the pool will be built and no one will care except those same “white elephant/CVM” types.

    Oh and just as a matter of opinion…. Yes, pools can and are parks. I dont know how that can be seen any differantly. It should have been voted for that way 10 years ago. Which was a far better, situation, site, deal, economic time. Oopps, there’s that hindsight thang again.

    Signed
    We

  6. Duck
    Posted January 7, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    But David your commission members remained in support of the bond and the projects and you vanished over the horizon after your tantrum with the city council, not just one council member was involved and appalled, creating embarrassment for many. Your legacy is set. To portray your self as a person in the know or with involvement is not truthful. You failed to inform the public of the 20 year plan developed 10 years ago which included this project and the intent of the commission, and you falsely claimed some knowledge of the public relations and marketing efforts. You shunned advice from the aquatic community and when asked about the process after your early withdrawal, you should have stated you are clueless. Your latest blogg is months too late and cowardly at best in your effort regain some face.

  7. Posted January 8, 2009 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Duck,

    “Vanished… tantrum… embarrassment… not truthful… failed to inform the public… falsely claimed… shunned advice… early withdrawal… clueless… cowardly…”

    What in the hell ARE you talking about?

    You are as uninformed as Mr. Parker but at least he didn’t quack anonymously. Did you even read any of the links provided in the post?

  8. Posted January 17, 2009 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    David:

    On an lighter note, please share with your readers a new blog about Greensboro:

    http://www.greensborodailyphoto.com

    We’re trying to break in to the local blogging world and provide photos of our great city. When the swim facility is built, we will photograph it!!!!!! Olympic trials 2012? Build it and they will come…………….

    The Crew at GDP