Thursday, November 26, 2015

What we take for granted, someone else is praying for

I try not to take for granted how I am blessed with God, family, friends, and good health. I am thankful for you, my faithful readers. I am truly blessed.

This year, I have to add the PA Office of Open Records to the list. They have restored my faith in government. I realize that the battle has just begun, but I couldn't have gotten this far without the help of many people.

I was really worried about what John Hayes would report in the PG about the OOR's ruling to grant my appeal. In his article, State orders Mt. Lebanon to provide deer hunt details, Hayes alludes to the idea that rough waters lie ahead for me. I had an email exchange with Mr. Hayes yesterday. In my final response, I cc'ed State Rep. Dan Miller. Hayes then backed off.

I want to thank everyone who called or emailed me to congratulate me on the decision. As Karen Carpenter beautifully sang, "We've Only Just Begun." Last year, I wrote It's a Christmas miracle! when the archery program was canceled. Here's to hoping for another Christmas miracle.

Happy Thanksgiving.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Elaine.

Great responses to Hayes.

E. T. Gillen said...

Martin Blank gets it. Here is his comment under the PG article.

"I support Mt Lebanon and their right to cull. But taxpayer money was spent, and they have no right to keep it confidential and ignore open record laws.

Everyone should support open record laws. Your governance works directly for you, and needs to answer for their decisions."

In this case, it is about accountability and transparency. Public safety goes without saying.
Elaine

Anonymous said...

I agree with you and Martin. Plus, secrets in government are expensive. More transparency = more accountability.

Happy Thanksgiving.

E. T. Gillen said...

We're the ones getting harassed.

Lois Fitzgerald (@grogreena)
11/26/15, 11:38 PM
State orders Mt. Lebanon to provide locations of deer hunt post-gazette.com #MtLebanonPA My "Not
in My Yard" sign was stolen.

Elaine

E. T. Gillen said...

I wanted to share this eamil with you. I sent it to Aaron Lauth.
Elaine


-----Original Message-----
From: Scott Chrystal
To: EGillen476
Cc: John Bendel
Sent: Fri, Nov 27, 2015 11:41 AM
Subject: Right to Know Request


Ms Gillen



Your tactics regarding the Right to Know request for records pertaining to the deer management program are despicable. You are doing nothing more than trying to pit Mt Lebanon residents against each other. How is this a positive for our community? Your concerns are more for deer than people.



Scott Chrystal

E. T. Gillen said...

Sorry, I just had a breathing treatment and am pretty shaky. Email, not eamil.
Elaine

Anonymous said...

Ok, so just add Theodan Drive as a probably spot for deer culling.



E. T. Gillen said...

I think he is a renter on McCully. I think the landlord lives on Theodan.
Elaine