Fiscally responsible? What a laugh

November 11, 2013 

After reading East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks' guest view, one can only surmise that he is unhappy with the BND's reporting of his failures as a leader.

We all know that the BND doesn't always get all the facts reported correctly; perhaps this may be the case involving the union negotiations, perhaps not. But we as readers do know the failures of Parks and many of the leaders of East St. Louis.

What I find to be quite amusing is that Parks would have the audacity to publicly state that safety is first in East St. Louis. Another statement that I consider untrue is that "the city must be fiscally responsible." Where was Parks' fiscal responsibility when he doyled out $400,000 to a consulting firm in Atlanta? How many firefighter jobs could of been saved with that money?

And Parks' last statement is really a jaw breaker -- thatthe BND has vilified the East St. Louis community leaders without merit. The BND's reporting of the incompetence, sometimes unlawful and always ridiculous antics portrayed by East St. Louis leaders is spot on.

Parks' failures as a leader are par for the course for East St. Louis and St. Clair County politicians.

It is possible that Parks mayhave been under the influence of some type of mind-altering drug when he penned his letter. You don't suppose it was some of County Board Chairman Mark Kern's snake oil, do you?

Kevin Sheridan

Fairview Heights

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