“Labor Council Endorses City Center.” That’s the title of the article that appeared on the front page of the
The byline of the article does not name anyone in particular. It was put together by the “PDT Staff Report.” Why is nobody’s name listed? Is it shame? Did nobody want to take credit, or I should say blame, for this shameless piece of promotion for Neal Hatcher and Clayton Johnson? The "PDT Staff" tells us the Shawnee Labor Council is behind converting the now infamous Marting building into a “City Center.” That is the new euphemism for municipal building:
Where are experienced and honest reporters when you need them, reporters willing to present both sides of a story, reporters willing to put their byline on a story, as Art Kuhn and Sam Piatt are apparently not willing to?
The two most experienced and respected reporters in
Deaterla was fired for no known reason. He probably knows where too many bodies are buried. It’s not safe having somebody with that kind of knowledge as a reporter, even if he has been the most professional and respected reporter in
Here are a dozen important angles that were not covered in the PDT March 15 story, “
1. The main Marting building is 125 years old. Mentioning that fact could get a reporter fired faster than saying a drug dealer worked at Glockner Motors
The above photo shows the main Marting's building, built in 1883, at 515 Chillicothe St. The building at the extreme right became part of Marting's as it expanded. Photo appears to be from the 1940s.
2. The Marting Building is actually three very old buildings that are hidden behind a 1950’s façade.
3. The Marting building has had more facelifts than Phyllis Diller, but the city is trying to pass the “
4. The Municipal Building, which politicians have been trying to get condemned for a quarter of a century, is actually only 75 years old, which is about the same age as the U.S. Post Office.
5. The sale of the Marting building to the city for $2 million dollars was ruled invalid by the courts for the underhanded illegal way in which the secret negotiations of the sale of the building were conducted by Clayton Johnson.
7. In a referendum in May 2006, the voters soundly rejected the city’s plans to move city offices into the Marting by better than a 2 to 1 margin.
8. In a glaring conflict of interest, Mike Mearan, the chairman of the Building Committee, is the lawyer for the absentee landlord who owns the so-called Adelphia property, which the Building Committee advised the city to buy as a site for either or both city offices and the police station.
9. Mike Mearan once owned the “Adelphia property” and made a quick $95,000 by selling it to Dr. Singer. As Dr. Singer’s lawyer, he stands to make more on the property
10. The Ramada
11. The real reason Hatcher is interested in the site of the
12. If gambling does not come to Portsmouth and the Hotel/Convention Center turns out to be a failure, Hatcher will not lose a dime, for he will work out a sweetheart deal with the city and the university, the same kind he worked out on the dormitories, a deal which guarantees that the taxpayers, not him, will be left holding the bag.
They tore down the N&W, a treasure of rail,
To make way for a county jail!
Why, they’d tear down the Taj Mahal
For Hatcher to hatch a new mall.