...and a question. This morning’s paper carries a story about a (another) spat/misunderstanding between Carmel’s mayor and another local official. We were delighted to see that the problem was taken care of by the paper’s "Hamilton County Watchdog."
This is the kind of "investigative" reporting that we have always thought was a primary reason for being for any self-respecting newspaper. We commend the management of the paper for this activity.
Now comes the question. Why is there no apparent Indianapolis Watchdog at the paper? The Carmel situation involved a total of about fifty six thousand dollars, and got immediate action.
An Indianapolis governmental agency has approved an annual $16 million subsidy to a private corporation, despite an increase of about $50 million per year from a more appropriate source. The president of that corporation publicly tells the media to get lost as far as fiscal information is concerned.
With questionable fiscal policy in place and the recipient thereof giving the media a gratuitous thumb in the eye, there is apparently nobody assigned to find out what the hell is going on. Or even to react to a brazen public humiliation.
The only connection we can make is that in Carmel the paper’s action was taken to make certain that the approval of the expenditure of public money did actually take place. Indianapolis has, for decades, had no such worry about getting rid of taxpayer dollars.
And after all, it was only one thumb and one eye. Media management has long suffered visual impairment when corporate welfare is involved in this city.