Niagara Gazette


March 3, 2014

GUEST VIEW: Political spin can distort reality


Niagara Gazette — Let me understand this. When public officials go out of their way to deceive the public, somehow I’m committing character assassination? When public officials, through their acts and words, manipulate the budget process creating a taxpayer-funded position for a friend somehow I’m ranting? Let me be perfectly clear. I don’t rant. I do believe the public has a right to know all the facts. I’m passionate about public officials neither occupying nor having a place in public office when they lie and deceive us. The recent departure of one of these stewards could be the opportunity that finally brings honest, open and transparent government to Lewiston rather than the continuation of political cronyism.

As citizens, we should demand truthfulness and honesty from all those involved in public service. Honesty and truthfulness reveals an individual’s core values. It tells us about their character and if they should be trusted to represent us and our interests.

In all my public comments my purpose wasn’t to influence public opinion but present all the facts so that the public could reach their own opinion. If along the way facts reveal an individual’s dishonesty and deceit than the public should know.

Sometimes you will agree with me and sometimes you won’t. I’m fine with that because that’s the purpose of democracy and free speech, but I have a problem with political officials when caught with their hand in the cookie jar asking their friends to distort the facts through political spin.

And that’s what Ciszewski or whoever authored his article is attempting to do. Bob, I also am willing to publicly debate the issues facing Lewiston just tell me where we can meet.

Paulette Glasgow is a Lewiston resident.

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