Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Burning Houses, Severed Fingers, Blinded Children - Jackson County Wants More of These - Day 51 of the Jackson County Ethics Crisis

Our Jackson County legislature has legalized the sale of fireworks in Jackson County. They claim that the reason they are doing so is to help nonprofits.

No, seriously, they are claiming that.

I attend a lot of nonprofit meetings, I read a lot of nonprofit publications, and I know a lot of nonprofit executives. Never once have I heard anybody propose that fireworks sales are the solution for the funding crisis faced by nonprofits. Not once.

And, really, Mr. Rizzo and Mr. Tarwater, if you want to help nonprofits increase revenues, why choose a seasonal item that causes fires, traumatic amputations and blindness? Nonprofits have funding needs all year, not just in July. Why not let nonprofits sell drugs, or run brothels? There's a lot more money in those vices than you can get from the chump change people fork over for bottle rockets.

Perhaps I am mistaken. Perhaps Henry Rizzo and Dan Tarwater have been talking to the National Society for Blind Homeless Kids Missing Fingers.

Or, perhaps they have lined up some donations from people with ties to the wholesale fireworks industry.

It has now been 51 days since we have had a fully staffed Jackson County Ethics Commission with the power to investigate our Jackson County legislators. As long as the legislature exempts itself from local enforcement of the Jackson County Ethics Code, Jackson County voters should assume the absolute worst of legislators.

With characters like Rizzo and Tarwater helping out the fireworks industry, it's hard to believe anything but the worst.

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9 Comments:

Anonymous Bring Back Bullard said...

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp and his family run a chain of fireworks stands in Jackson County every year. He affiliates with local churches but fireworks stands are a cash business, so who knows where the revenues really go.

Put them all in JAIL.

1/27/2009 9:13 AM  
Blogger les said...

It's a synergy thing--some non-profits will get good pub, helping the fingerless kiddos.

1/27/2009 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right on Dan! Next thing you know, they will be allowing non-profits to have once per year cookie sales.

If you want to help nonprofits increase revenues, why choose a seasonal item that causes: obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Perhaps I am mistaken. Perhaps Henry Rizzo and Dan Tarwater have been talking to the Children's Diabetes Foundation.

Or, perhaps they have lined up some donations from people with ties to the wholesale cookie industry.

1/27/2009 9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this is true about Sheriff Sharp then he has some explaining to do at the press conference where he resigns. This could burn like a burn like a bottle rocket on a cedar shake roof.


Dan, again if this is true, I think you have a poster-boy for your campaign: Sheriff Sharp.

1/27/2009 10:01 AM  
Anonymous Bullrider said...

Sharp is nothing but trouble. We made a great error voting for him over Detective Bullard. Sharp is totally without morals. I am sure that the most of the money he pulls in ends up in the bras and panties of barmaids and dancers. You can be sure that all that cash that comes across the tables at Sharp's fireworks tents is skimmed three or four ways before it reaches any churches.

1/27/2009 10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disgusting. Thanks for writing about this, Dan. It will be interesting to see which "nonprofit" companies take advantage of this arrangement.

2008 CEO Compensation Study:

"While it is true that the paychecks of some nonprofit executives are outrageously high, this study confirms that those receiving excessive pay are in the minority. However, we recognize that many donors will be hesitant to agree that the CEO of their favorite charity deserves a six figure salary."

1/27/2009 11:40 AM  
Anonymous DKC said...

I think most of our concerns about the legislature with a couple of exceptions can be summed up thusly, "they just ain't too bright."

1/27/2009 4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The primary was last year folks, get over it.

1/27/2009 10:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hating on fireworks? What are you a communist?

Why do you hate our freedom?

1/28/2009 12:24 AM  

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