Yew Kain’t Hide Them Lyin’ Eyes . . .
Uh-oh, it’s election time – DUCK & COVER!!! -- and a white flyer just arrived in the mail. Paid for by “Citizens to Restore Los Osos, Joyce Albright, Chair.” It’s urging the reader to vote for Tornatzky, Kelly and Sparks. In the lower right hand corner it says, “Vote for Integrity.”
Then, above that it states, as if they were facts, this: “The county has stated it will consider only gravity sewer systems. This means the CSD’s antiquated Ripley STEP/STEG system cannot be built here. . . . . “
Uh, actual FACT #1 (as opposed to a JoyceAlbrightFact, since I presume she wrote and approved of this thing), Noel King was quoted in the Trib as saying they would only consider gravity sewers. Apparently, at the time he said that, he didn’t understand what the County has actually agreed to do and is starting to actually put into place. Those efforts and intentions were reiterated in an October 5, 06 letter to the CSD from Paavo Ogren, who is the project director. In short, King spoke out of school and didn’t have his facts right.
As part of that agreed to and promised Process, the Ripley STEP/STEG plan will be presented (along with Ripley’s completed project update) to the county engineers and will be part of the “mix” that they will be considering as they go through the promised Process of evaluating options. Which means, unlike this JoyceAlbrightFact, the Ripley Plan could, indeed, be one of the options that voters will have a choice of voting for once the evaluation process is completed.
Now, if this flyer was printed and out the door before the correction could be made, I’m sure that another postcard will arrive to correct the "facts" that aren’t facts.
After all, that’s what integrity is all about, isn’t it?
If Joyce knew that her “facts” were false and used them anyway, then will Tornatzky, Kelly and Sparks repudiate this political postcard and set the record straight? After all, this card is asking that we Vote for Integrity and in a candidate, “integrity” demands that he or she make sure that the voters be given accurate information about a critical issue.