Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Mayor Guilty On All Three Counts

Of course the lead tonight on all three of our stations was the guilty verdict for now former Pekin Mayor Lyn Howard.

Just a few thoughts:

This defense of is it or is it not a Pekin City credit card was weak at best... especially after he told investigators one thing and told the grand jury another. And then to blame it on the media... that they confused him. Take responsibility.

Seriously? Did people pay $100 for a steak dinner for this defense? How about aliens took over my body and made me gamble? Sheesh. Howard claimed all along that he wanted to do what's best for the city of Pekin. Really? Was this best for the city? I'm glad he had his day in court as everyone deserves, but this was a joke.

In an interview with WHOI, Howard said he may have had a gambling problem in the past. Wow... what a stunning revelation. Gamblers Anonymous says most compulsive gamblers will answer "yes" to at least seven of these twenty questions:

Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?
Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
Did gambling affect your reputation?
Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?
Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?
Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures?
Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?
Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?
Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble?
Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?
Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?

I can tell you just from what Howard admitted to in the media, that he could answer "yes" to a bunch of these.

In an interview with WMBD's Lisa Miller, Pekin City Commissioner Bill Maddox said, “We need a person who is committed to the city of Pekin, knows something about municipal government and is willing to work for the betterment of all the citizens of the city.”

All I can say is... you had one, but certain groups decided their interests were more important than the city's and they were able to scare/con enough people into voting our gambling mayor into office. Good times, huh? Hey folks... when you're going to find someone to be a candidate, how about doing a little homework?

Both the defense and the prosecution agreed that there needs to be well defined policy for city credit cards. This is true. But I contend that people who hold public office need to take a common sense test too.

Finally... there are Howard supporters out there who continue to take shots at my father in law (the mayor before Howard if you're not familiar)... claiming conspiracy etc. You people are idiots. This clown made his own bed... and the legacy he will leave behind is one of stupidity.


Anonymous said...

Well, you got your wish. You'll probably be Prince Edgar once again in a few weeks.

Edgar said...

Now that's funny. But if you're following along closely, you'll know that isn't going to happen... and I'm more than okay with that.

Justice was served.

Jonathan Ahl said...

...and just what would be the benefits of being the son-in-law of the Mayor of Pekin?

Oddly enough, the benefits do NOT include a city issued credit card that is available for personal use.

Anonymous said...

can I get a city credit card? Just asking...