Monday, March 30, 2009
The Rest of the Story . . .
I received the following email Saturday morning from Ms. Rebecca Perkins. The message speaks for itself. from Rebecca Perkins to firstname.lastname@example.org dateSat, Mar 28, 2009 at 11:04 AM subject joe creamer mailed-byyahoo.com signed-byyahoo.com I received a very disturbing letter from a guy named Joe Creamer yesterday and it really upset me. You came to my house last weekend while we were planting bushes in the front of our home. You were very friendly and pleasant, and complimented my dog [just wanted to refresh your memory]. I have never been into local politics, but his letter really made me angry. Creamer was way out of line with his letter, and on the back he had copied some sort of legal billing that supposedly you ran up. Not many people understand legal billing, but I do (I make my living as a legal secretary). Its clear that you didn't "run up the bill" but that sure is what Creamer is trying to say. This kind of negativity is exactly why I DON'T involve myself with local politics or any politics for that matter. You struck me as an honest person that has Raytown's interests at heart. It seems to me that we need to put the TOWN back in Raytown, and fast. I know you aren't on "the christmas card list" up at Raytown city hall (your quote, and a good one), but you are on mine, and you have my vote come April 7th. I understand that Creamer is helping your opponent in this election, Shane Par-Due. Any candidate that allows his campaign to be associated with the type of garbage that Creamer put out does not deserve anyone's support. Thank you for your service. Rebecca Perkins 9508 E 66th Terrace Raytown, MO 64133 FOUR years ago Joe Creamer ran against me (unsuccessfully) for Alderman. He ran again two years later and won the open seat vacated by former Alderman John Ness. In his letter Creamer attacks me both personally and as an elected official. Normally I do not respond to such tactics. But Creamer's spin is so full of false accusations and innuendo that the record needs to be set straight: DANGEROUS ANIMAL ORDINANCE: Six years ago former Mayor Sue Frank appointed me Chairman of a Committee to review our animal control ordinances. The committee held over 30 hours of public meetings with veterinarians, animal behavioral experts and members of the public. ALL of the meetings were held in public session and public comment was allowed at EVERY meeting. Minutes were kept of the meetings and are a matter of public record. When the Committee finished its work we provided two ordinances for the Board of Aldermen to review. The Board of Aldermen chose the ordinance that is in place today. That ordinance does not ban any breed of dog from the City of Raytown. Incidentally, the Board not only approved the ordinance brought before them by the Committee - they approved it unanimously. It is a good piece of legislation. In fact, at the last meeting of the Board of Aldermen (March 17, 2009), Mayor Bower, when giving recognition to a young lady who raised a considerable amount of money for abandoned dogs in Raytown, referred to the Animal Control Ordinance as a "model" piece of legislation. By the way, Mr. Creamer did no attend ANY of the meetings he so erroneously makes his comments about. CHARTER COMMISSION: In 2004 the city was petitioned by voters in Raytown to form a Charter Commission. I was one of 13 private citizens elected to serve on the Commission. My position on the Charter Commission was that of a member. I did not hold any office within the organization. The purpose of the Charter Commission was to write a "Home Rule" Charter for Raytown. To help in the legal questions before them the Commission retained the law firm Bryan Cave LLP to assist in writing the charter. The majority of the Board of Aldermen voted to bring a lawsuit against the Jackson County Board of Election Commissioners and the Raytown Charter Commission to keep the finished Charter off the ballot. Legal fees were also incurred by the city, which had also hired special counsel to represent them. The Circuit Court found in favor of the Charter Commission and the Election Board in its ruling and the election was held. Creamer’s claim that I am personally responsible for bills incurred by the city's lawsuit is false. The majority of the bills are the direct result of litigation brought by the city. STREETLIGHTS: Creamer claims that I am opposed to putting new streetlights in Raytown. That is absurd. It was my action, along with the action of Creamer’s predecessor on the Board, former Ward 1 Alderman John Ness, that lifted a four year moratorium on new streetlights in Raytown. Drive by Colman Park any evening and you will see the proof. Check with the homeowners who live next door to the park. We worked hard to get those lights and I am proud of the result. Since then the City has budgeted for 114 new streetlights for other neighborhoods in Raytown. I support each and every one of them. THERE are many important issues before the voters this election. To waste time on illusions such as those given by Mr. Creamer is not good - but I believe it was necessary to set the record straight. If you receive any more such "political" material from anyone regarding my campaign I ask that you contact me either by telephone at 517-6852 or by email at email@example.com. On a personal note, thank you to the many people who called to alert me to Creamer’s letter. Please remember to vote on April 7th. P.S. In case you wonder. Creamer has been removed from my card list!