"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Sunday 30 August 2015


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "WHEN HARM IS INTENDED WITH MALICE AFORETHOUGHT": 

You are such a bloody hypocrite. You make accusations all over the place - some of which landed you in a lawsuit - you might want to tread a little more careful. The comment sounded like they were poking at you, not Tom. 

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 30 August 2015 at 07:45

Good Shabas morning to you too Sir.

I don't normally publish comments like the above but it suits my purpose.

Does  anyone doubt the author ? 

So he doesn't want to be considered the enemy of Tom Mrakas. Only moi. 

He put his name forward for political office and received solid support but  he does not appreciate criticism. 

Law suits are an implied threat.

How soon we forget. Or  were we ever aware?

Which politicians recently sued citizen moderators of a blog for  an anonymous critical comment?  

Which CAO twice wrote to the blog and ordered the comment removed implying threat with a deadline?  

What did Aurora electors think of all that ? 

Four of a gang of six were replaced.

After that the new Council published a full page ad of apology to the residents who were obliged  to defend themselves  at significant cost against their own municipality.  Courtesy of elected and  appointed officials, administrative,legal and financial. 

Then the town paid the cost of the  litigation against the residents. 

The complaint was  dismissed. Ruled as a SLAPP Action. 

The town solicitor filed the  action and provided the only affidavit. The Judge ruled he evaded answering questions and lied to the court.

The town solicitor was under authority of the CAO. He would have had his instructions. 

The story bears repeating . Not to be forgotten. 

Does history repeat itself ?

Do we have another thin-skinned politician who thinks he is above the madding crowd and can afford to make veiled threats with treasury backing  ?

Did he ever comprehend why he was elected in the first place? 

I doubt it. 


Johnny come late said...

Here is an interesting account of promotion and recent media photos.

First we have a picture of the Mayor and a avid community volunteer. A letter is written to the paper because only the Mayor gets mentioned.

Mayor replies to said letter????????

A photo in the news regarding a tour of another avid volunteer is not credited to the individual. The mention is of a building in recent controversy.

More recent a photo of a corn roast at the market hits the front page.

Prior to that photo Jeff and Harold are at the roast as well as Tom, Sandra, Michael, and Paul.

The Mayor arrives just in time for a photo op.

Can you see the connection to the photo printed?

Timing is everything.

Like Brock mentioned in his article.

Maybe the invitations got lost?

The best one yet was John rushing behind a service club tent and putting on their logo.

He dashes out with the members for a photo op and then takes off the shirt and leaves the market.

This is just like the former and her click.

So sad but true.

Anonymous said...

I would hazard a guess that most people running for public office the first time are surprised, possibly amazed, that they were actually elected. Sometimes you have to be a magician as an analyst to be able to read the tea leaves or the goat's entrails.

There are infinite variables that go into the whys and the wherefores. And none of us are capable of putting a finger on the pulse of the masses.