My goodness! My last two blogs, “Glendale Alert” and “Staying quiet in Glendale” raised a firestorm of emailed comments from past and current employees. Each has a story or an allegation to share but no one to date has been willing or able to offer concrete proof. Each says, “Please keep me out of it” or “Please don’t use my name.” So the allegations will continue to be the stuff of Glendale urban legend until there is verification.

Many have asked for my help by publicly relating the wrong doing that has or is occurring. I cannot help you unless you help me by providing the proof of your allegations.

I am reminded about Pastor Niemöller’s speech delivered on January 6, 1946,

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

Surely there are some with a conscience of conviction.  If we didn’t know before we certainly know now that any whistle blowing can be done anonymously. After all, here’s what City Manager Brenda Fischer said before the Personnel Board’s review of Don Bolton’s termination, “Whether it’s going around the management, whether it’s going to the (Attorney General’s) Office anonymously. We had an ethics hotline. They could have anonymously informed the media, put some public pressure on it. They could have written letters to the editor. They could have — if they were uncomfortable being asked to do something inappropriate or illegal — they could have resigned from their employment.”

With those statements she has publicly encouraged each and every Glendale employee to report wrong doing anonymously. Her statement about resignation could be attributable her complete lack of compassion or understanding and might best be viewed as such. Resigning one’s job to make a point is an ultimate and senseless sacrifice.

I am concerned about Glendale future and its financial stability. If there are actions or decisions that are detrimental to Glendale’s welfare or how it operates they should be made public. I have volleyed over the net and it’s in your court now. I can be reached at clarkjv@aol.com . I am willing to report it and to be your voice. Are you willing to tell it and prove it?

© Joyce Clark, 2013

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