Radnor Has Many Saints and Many Sinners in The Mess Soup
You know this new sense of openness at Radnor meetings is great, and long overdue and no one, even the most casual of observers disputes this.
However, I feel there is one little thing that is being overlooked in the public frenzy to clean house: not only is ONE commissioner and ONE township manager NOT in this alone, are they they? I have seen through media accounts, people like Christina Perrone and a select other few putting it out there for years without anyone else coming forward, true or not? In a nutshell, there are many saints and many sinners, so try not not confuse one group for the other, nor should draw and quarter only one or two perceived sinners, while letting others skate on by, OK?
The meetings this past Monday in Radnor were illuminating and very interesting from start to finish - I watched them here with this link and this link, and all recent meetings can be found on YouTube on the Jhainessr Channel.
The media coverage has been seemingly endless - John Nagle has most of them conveniently listed HERE on Round Radnor, and then there are these links:
Well, I love it when Tom calls it in plain speaking, and here are my two cents on top of his two cents:
To those who bill Osborne as a Saint, is that actually revisionist history? Has he been wronged in this mess and did he call for action on some of this a couple years ago? Yes, but let's get real, didn't it take the tenacity and dedication of citizens like Christina Perrone combined with the strong convictions of Board President Tom Masterson and Board Vice President John Fisher to maybe get Radnor here into the open, and glaring "sunshine"? And didn't Christina Perrone go it alone or almost alone for a long time? Now many are laying this whole mess at the feet of past Board President Hank Mahoney alone and is that right? I mean come on now, did he not have a Vice President all these years? What is Ms. Paolino's role? As she interrupts and speaks over her fellow commissioners and the public on the meeting tapes I saw from this past Monday's meeting, I was intrigued by the convenient forgetfulness followed by meeting minutes that showed she was in attendance? So what was her role? Reformer or a little CYA? And at the most recent meeting, wasn't another commissioner missing? Hervada? And really, no matter what the reasoning, should ANY commissioners have missed ANY of these meetings? And as for others on the board at the time of this along with the former Radnor BOC President and Vice President - were the "I'm sorrys" and the resounding Mea Culpa Chorus enough? Let's do the count, there are only THREE of the SEVEN Radnor Commissioners who can really say they played no part, right? And that would be Higgins, Fisher, and Masterson, correct?
There are many saints and sinners in this Radnor. I hope Radnor residents don't run one or two sinners up the flagpole while others retreat, don't you?
Now I fully expect as it has become almost a tradition, that some will have a snit fit because their name was mentioned on a blog, as has been the case in the past. So to those people I issue a challenge: don't waste your energy running around trying to quash the rights of people to have a public opinion, acknowledge your part in this and if you really want to be seen as reformers, then guess what? Lead by example. Do the right thing. And that “do the right thing” applies equally to all parties concerned. Some of you have made good starts by all publicly viewable accounts, some have tried to have no recall, while some have avoided this altogether. Come together and get it right....otherwise I will begin to wonder if I am watching YouTube replays of a lot of the Lower Merion meetings.
The ultimate comment? In politically antiquated Radnor, they should let go of the notion that this is about one political party over the other because it is NOT about petty party warfare. This is about the people of Radnor, the taxpayers of Radnor, and what secrets and lack of sunshine and political horse trading has caused a very beautiful place in our area, hear? There needs to be balance between the Republicans and Democrats for the betterment of an entire township.