They have claimed the information we have provided are lies and half-truths. One failed candidate has gone as far as to file suit against us for defamation, for printing a factual police and court record on his propensity for assault and battery.
The relentless attacks and specious claims of these individuals are a defensive response, in an attempt to cover up the disgraceful, dishonest, and disrespectful way they want to govern and have governed in the last four years.
Non-candidate writers, armed with information gleaned from the county public information office refuse to accept that their self-indulgent political friends have deceived the public.
The candidate who is trying his best to cover up his inch thick criminal record is in denial, and refuses to accept responsibility for his personal failures.
The sad truth in these attacks, they have only claimed the information we have provided is false. The problem with the attacks, all using innuendo and nasty remarks, have not contradicted the message, they chose to vilify the messenger.
The truth of the matter, we are not in the habit of making false statements, they have, and continue to cover up the facts.
The printed facts in the Standard were not of our own design; the facts did not come from political detractors or by osmosis. Everything we write comes from government records, their records, not ours; we are only the conveyance of this information. We do not set policy, we do not raise taxes, and we do not control water or land use.
We certainly had nothing to do with the 40 percent increase, over four years, of the county budget. Most importantly, we have nothing to do with exponential growth of Carroll's municipalities that are responsible for the strain on infrastructure. The onus is on our local officials and the blind trust of a mislead public.
The sitting board and the delegate from 9b have used their political offices to demonize us, along with other private citizens to sustain the veil of secrecy that permeates their offices. This will not be left to stand. Their misdeeds will haunt them, as the Standard will be relentless in the pursuit of the truth, their spurious claims will be challenged.
The Standard has given, and will continue to give anyone the opportunity to make an intellectual argument towards any information deemed incorrect. They choose to use other papers to attack without pointing out where and how we are wrong, they have yet to appeal to the Standard for equal time.
The Carroll Standard has not received one factual or intelligent response to perceived wrongs nor has anyone disputed where and how we are wrong. They cannot, will not, as they have nothing to offer in the way of truth. The other papers have joined the cause as their influence is in jeopardy as the Standard will hold its ground and eat at their bottom line. There is a new voice in the county; committed to full disclosure, we will not be intimidated.
The facts in the end will bear out their folly. The Standard will be here long after they are gone, providing the facts garnished from government records that fail to reach the public.