A puzzling question
is why there is not more official outrage at the no-bid contract and the
official cover-up in Indiana’s decision to put a conference center on the
beach at the Dunes State Park.
As hundreds of area
residents in Duneland, Northwest Indiana and around the state are making
their opposition known, state officials from both political parties are
largely sitting on their hands.
of Natural Resource officials at the highest level worked to keep the public
in the dark as they developed a plan to gut the historic pavilion and add
two new buildings to Northwest Indiana’s premier attraction.
Knowing they could
never get approval for funding from the democratically-elected Indiana
Legislature they chose to go with a privatization scheme that granted the
public’s land to a Republican state official for private gain for up to 65
Deals like this are
why citizens lose faith in their elected officials and community leaders.
A case in point is
Tuesday’s endorsement of the project by the Northwest Indiana Forum.
The Forum move is a
vote for the worst form of crony socialism which uses government power to
enrich the politically connected few. It is more like what we would expect
from Putin’s Russia than the Hoosier State.
The forum chose to
reinforce Northwest Indiana’s much-deserved reputation for political
corruption rather than defend the quality of life of region residents.
Meanwhile a few are
keeping to the high ground, praise goes to Republicans, like Chesterton Town
Council member Jim Ton, who has questioned the project, and Democrats, like
State Rep. Chuck Moseley and Porter County Council member Sylvia Graham, who
are not afraid to speak out for good and honest government.