If you had attended the most recent meeting of the Terre Haute Human Relations Commission you might have expected a rather uneventful hour, but you would have been wrong. It was an hour filled with misrepresentations, awkward moments of confrontation, and bold faced lies. Rumors had been spreading that our city's legal department sent out … Continue reading An Awkward Meeting
When people who have lived in Terre Haute all their lives see corruption, their first response is commonly, "that's just the way it's always been." Many have heard Terre Haute called "sin city" or "terrible haute" more times than they can count. If you pair that with what seems to be a nearly total gridlock … Continue reading Can Terre Haute Change?
I can still remember how outraged people were when they found out Danny Tanoos made over $260,000, and even more recently when they found out that Bill Riley received a $40,000 pay raise. For years I've wondered, "why is no one outraged that Mel Burks received a $130,000 pay raise in 2019, and currently makes … Continue reading Something Stinks: The Hamilton Center
For those of you that might be new to my "Something Stinks" series, I have been trying to cover different areas that highlight Terre Haute's ongoing issues with corruption. The name stems from the terrible smell that plagued Terre Haute during my entire adolescence. Like many local issues, you might not see explicit corruption in … Continue reading Something Stinks: Bidding Construction Projects
Appearances can be deceiving. After publishing the first article in this series several people reached out to me about issues they saw in the community that look “shady.” One of the shadiest looking examples was the city’s recent purchase of the old Tribune Star building by Garmong Construction. The beacon public access website shows that … Continue reading Something Stinks: A Second Look