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That was then, this is now

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But those distasteful accommodations generally seemed to be driven by a genuine belief what was being done was both honest and in the best interests of the community.

Sadly, I'm having trouble believing that's the case with this most recent, tortured explanation of what has or has not been going on down in Cheakamus with Alpine Paving. Listening to Ken and Bill's disingenuous explanation of the legerdemain required to transmogrify a legally questionable contribution toward Alpine's baghouse upgrade into a legal cost is simply sad.

It resurrects another uncomfortable Bill Clinton moment. Called before a grand jury and asked to opine on the truthfulness of his statement to top aides, "... there is nothing going on between us." Meaning himself and Monica Lewinsky, Clinton explained, "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is. If... 'is' means is and never has been, that is... is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement.... Now, if someone had asked me on that day, are you having any kind of sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky, that is, asked me a question in the present tense, I would have said no. And it would have been completely true."

I believe Ken and Bill Barratt received legal counsel that it was okay to call the monies anticipated in the Relocation Agreement a legal cost. I believe they have received very bad legal counsel all through this sad affair. But I don't believe, under any but the most hair-splitting, side-stepping, questionably ethical legal doublespeak is that the truth.

"Are you accusing us of lying?" asked the mayor of Tim Koshul. Tim never answered. I will.

Yes.

It may be a lie backed up by the municipality's lawyers. It may be a lie you believe is in the best financial interests of the community. But yes. I call bullshit. And it absolutely pains me to do so because I have the utmost respect for you, Ken.

The worst part is, I suspect it pains you too. I know it would have pained councillor Ken and I suspect he would have been going apeshit over this.

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