Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Shooting the Messenger



Well, it only took a week, and the predictable has happened in Southbridge. The report on the Southbridge Police Department, and by logical extension our Town Government and specifically Town Manager Christopher Clark, is being attacked.

We have an idiom for this in our English language. It's called shooting the messenger. If the message is unfavorable, seek to discredit at all costs (and apparently from the article in today's Worcester Telegram and Gazette [August 13, 2013] those "costs" will involve further expenditures of taxpayers' money to do some image repair).


Last week I wrote about "cherry-picking," something the auditors warned against when considering their report. Mr. Clark apparently believes that the entire cherry tree needs to be obliterated.

Until this latest report (which reportedly cost 14 thousand dollars [and which Mr. Clark has magnanimously agreed that the town will pay for]) is considered, not one cent should be paid to audit the audit.

The tactic being employed by Mr. Clark is obvious, and the Town Council should reject it in no uncertain terms.