(Click HERE to see full-size, printable version of flyer)
PT wants to thank the anonymous author(s) of the scurrilous flyer circulated as the Plainfield Gazette yesterday throughout City Hall and City Hall Annex and placed on the public literature table in the City Hall rotunda. (For a complete, printable version, click here.) The leaflet helps me organize some thoughts and observations.
Aside from misstatements about myself (which I will deal with below), and mischaracterizations of what I am doing in publishing this blog, the diatribe bashes the late Mayor Al McWilliams -- and this just a week after his funeral.
That is unconscionable. The Mayor should apologize to the McWilliams family immediately.
Further, the anonymous author(s) use the derogatory "F" word, which I consider hate speech. I have written Mayor Robinson-Briggs about the matter (see here), citing both the language and the chill its use must cast over the city's many gay and lesbian employees.
As well, there is the question of whether the leaflet was composed on a city computer and copied on a city copier.
For today, I will address the misstatements about myself personally. A second post will deal with the attack on Mayor McWilliams, and a third this blogger's approach to the current administration and the flyer's (mis)conceptions of what blogging is about.
I know that many of you will chide me for posting the flyer and giving the "Plainfield Gazette" an audience of thousands more than it could reach through its own efforts, but hey, isn't it about letting the sun shine in?
I invite PT's many blue-pencil readers to sharpen their pencils -- and wits -- and have a go at the grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. of the flyer and to submit a critique. Feel free to assign a grade (A+ to F).
MISSTATEMENTS ABOUT DAN
- TENURE: I began working for the City as an employee at the Plainfield Public Library in April 1996, going to City Hall in March 1998 and retiring effective June 1, 2006. That's 11 years-plus by my records.
- SALARY: $85,000? Would that it were so. Sounds like the writer was smoking the same no-name product as former Councilor Bob Ferraro, who made similar statements. Salaries of city employees are public record and it is easy for anyone to find out what I made. For those who don't want to get exercised about it, the correct amount is RRNTT (for those of you who have ever worked in the old-fashioned wholesale trade, you will recognize the code at once -- if you don't, drop me a line and I'll share it).
- VACATION: When I was at City Hall, the administration had a 'use it or lose it' policy -- we all used up our vacation time, some in large chunks, some in occasional days off. Since I was 'on call' 24/7 as public information officer (no overtime, please note), I only got to take an occasional day or two usually -- and then would often have to deal with the media when 'on vacation'.
- VOLUME OF WORK: Besides filing thousands of press releases and organizing hundreds of media events for the Mayor and the City, I coordinated all the printed materials produced by the city, including the acclaimed PLAINFIELD LIFE, a full-color brochure used by the real estate community to introduce the city to prospective buyers. Readers will recall that it was the FAILURE to get press notice on a City activity that led to the beginning of Plainfield Today in the first place.
- PROFESSIONALISM: What can I say? I conducted myself as a professional and held my output to the highest professional standards. In addition, I had the toughest copy editor and spell-checker of all: Mayor Al McWilliams himself.
-- Dan Damon
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