Okay, class. One more time**:
An action or event regarded as morally or legally wrong and causing general public outrage; “a bribery scandal involving one of his key supporters.” Synonyms: (outrageous) wrongdoing · impropriety · misconduct
Corruption [ kəˈrəpSHən ]; noun
Dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery; “the journalist who wants to expose corruption in high places.” Synonyms: dishonesty · unscrupulousness · double-dealing · fraud.
Only in the fevered imaginings of the tin foil hat brigade do either of these words apply to the dastardly, supposedly sinister sale of waterfront property in Montesano. Why? No specific intent. Absent that, and all you’ve really got is an oops. Like this:
And the absence of the words “for sale” on a sign advertising available property renders the posting null and void? Does anyone with half a brain think signage clearly stating where “offers of interest” on a vacant property may be directed means the city is taking orders for chocolate eclairs? (Hark! Methinks Club Chihuahua is about to get hit with a bout of common sense. Naw. False alarm.)
Either the conspiracy crowd doesn’t have anything better to do, or they’re out looking for more tin foil. Meanwhile, here are a few things to note that never saw much ink in the rush for tin foil:
There is no theft, or fraud, or cronyism as previous council members, and zealous news editors have suggested. An “anonymous” caller asked the state auditor to review the sale. The auditor found nothing wrong with the entire sale. The only suggestion was that better documentation of the photograph be preserved. (We have the photograph of the sign, and the verbiage of the posting.) This anonymous call cost the city over $20,000.00, and we were cleared of any wrong doing.
** For details oddly absent from Vini Vidette on the subject, click here.
Most of this post was originally published on September 29, 2014.
Photo credit: public domain