GUEST COMMENTARY: Stop pushing regionalization, E-911 consolidation efforts

2013-10-31T00:00:00Z 2013-12-12T14:01:13Z GUEST COMMENTARY: Stop pushing regionalization, E-911 consolidation effortsBy Eric Krieg nwitimes.com
October 31, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Times executive editor Bill Nangle, chief propagandist for the One Region organization, can't even make it through half his column in support of the E-911 fiasco without pulling the race card.

Short on facts, Nangle says, "The move to have suburban and urban call centers in Lake County is just added proof of the unproductive north-south split in the county. It is wrong. It smacks of elitism and racism."

As one who is against consolidation of E-911 at one location in Crown Point, I take great offense at being called a racist by Nangle.

What are the facts? That the current, "fragmented" 911 system costs only $7 million per year, and the proposed system will cost $36 million upfront and $11 million per year thereafter.

Also, Lake County politicians are pushing to "competitively bid" the purchase of the E-911 equipment rather than take advantage of pre-negotiated prices by the state of Indiana so they can manipulate the bid process to send contracts to politically connected contractors.

There is a split in Northwest Indiana, between those of us who are always asked to pay for the schemes of the politicians and those whom the politicians treat as children, always doing for them what they should be doing for themselves. The E-911 fiasco is no different, with suburban areas being asked to yet again bail out the failed north Lake County cities.

It is no different than the Stop Team using suburban officers to police the cities. Our resources are being used to fund services for someone else. It is taxation without representation.

Rather than accuse his fellow citizens of racism, Nangle should do his job. He works for a newspaper, after all. It is more important to report the truth than to push an agenda. Instead, Nangle pushes his agenda and unquestioningly supports the politicians who support his agenda. The citizens of Northwest Indiana are made poorer as a result.

What we really need is for The Times to get back to reporting the news, wherever it leads, and stop pushing One Region. Whether it be the Illiana tollway, or E-911, or the Stop Team, The Times is always behind any scheme that steamrolls the average citizen and gives more power to the politicians of Northwest Indiana. As the monopoly source of news in the region, The Times must do better.

Eric Krieg lives in Munster. The opinions are the writer's.

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