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As Long as We Remember...

July 26, 2002

Waffles Aren't Just For Breakfast Anymore

David 'Kip' Koontz

If anyone wondered what the ethics (or lack there of) may be under a Jenitaista regime, one only has to look at the antics of Alderman Wafflin' Joe Baldi to figure it out.

At a recent Mayor and Board of Alderman meeting a physician, whose services are very much needed in Frederick, as they are not currently available here, wanted permission to use water to finish off a space in an existing building near Solarex.

Okay, seems reasonable enough.

But a funny thing happened to the way to the approval.

Good 'ol Wafflin' Joe determined that he needed to recuse himself from the vote because one of the doctor's involved in the practice is his wife's doctor, so he felt that there may be conflict of interest.

Plus, he made a big deal out of doing so.

Witnesses to the scene said it was darn near Shakespearean in nature.


Where and when did Wafflin' Joe decide to develop a set of ethics?

Can you imagine the hours he struggled with that dilemma?

The hand ringing that must have gone on.

The soul searching that he must have put himself through.

Maybe he even sought spiritual advise from his pastor - at the Frederick Presbyterian Church.

Seems that his wife's doctor poses ethical problems for Joe, but recusing himself from voting on an issue as significant and politically heated as the addition to the Presbyterian Church didn't.

You see, Wafflin' Joe attends the Frederick Presbyterian Church. He is active in it. By most accounts he has even served on its board.

Yet, Wafflin' Joe's ethics were so shallow at the time of the final hypocritical vote on Jenita's backdoor deal to give the church all it wanted and more - that he defiantly announced that "there was no conflict of interest in his voting on the matter."

He even said he got the Ethics Commission to agree.

Uh-huh. After a couple of phone calls and a chat in the hallway, some slaps on the back and a wink or two.

Seems ethics do run shallow in City Hall and Wafflin' Joe is ethically bankrupt.

Ethics are ethics period. One should be ethical enough to recuse oneself in a given situation regardless of politics and who or what your vote may benefit at any given time if it is appropriate to do so.

Seems Wafflin' Joe gets ethics when there may be a trace of a connection but the decision won't directly benefit him, but those traces get blown out the window on Jenita's wind the minute the matter does directly benefit him.

We should be ashamed for him that he has such a corrupted sense of ethics.

We should be enraged that his corrupted sense of ethics cinched the deal for the Presbyterian Church that ultimately sidestepped our city charter and set Frederick on a collision course for a lawsuit.

Oh, well, maybe Wafflin Joe has started worrying about his eternal soul and wants in the long run to be able to sing:

"Oh, when the saints go marching in, oh, when they saints go marching in, oh, how Joe wants to be in that number, oh, when the saints go marching in."

Saint Peter will have the final say though. Wonder is he likes waffles?

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