Well now, the ongoing fiasco known as the community college refuses to be put out of its own misery. In fact, a $300,000 “action plan” meant to spew the propaganda of the Erie County Community College Committee (ECCCC) across the media landscape is being enacted so their squeaky wheels get oiled by forcing the people to listen to them whether they want to or not. Their propaganda is supposed to “tell the Erie story” of how Erie was an industrial power and how indispensable Erie has been to the history of the country. Um… Did anyone else notice the “was” and the “has been” part?
The main lie the ECCCC is telling us is that “they don’t anticipate asking for taxpayer dollars” and are saying they will get the funding from private. Well yeah, they don’t anticipate asking for taxpayer dollars, because they already got taxpayer dollars! County Council is part of the ECCCC, and has anyone forgot about that McBride Viaduct tax/fee/gouge County Council leveled on the County Taxpayer on vehicle registration? Yeah, that one. After that disaster and waste of taxpayer money was sorted out, County Council stated they revenue directed from that tax/fee/gouge was going to go to the community college! Granted, we don’t have a community college, but does anyone really believe that revenue is not going to go to the ECCCC’s agenda of unwanted propaganda? We’ve been lied to far too many times to be that gullible. Also, our County Executive is going to draft a letter to the Governor about their pomp and circumstance about a community college. Big Whoopey Doo.
If the application for a community college has not been looked upon in two years, does anyone think a letter is going to speed up the process? What’s the County Executive going to say in the letter, she will threaten to go down to Harrisburg and beat up the Governor? The ECCCC has dredged up the Community College Act of 1963 to demand action for their community college, as well as stating the issue of student loans, invoking the costs into the trillions. So, all that sounds like is that they want a piece of the student loan pie for themselves. For as hard as the ECCCC is trying to beat the drum and blow the horn for a community college that has been nothing but a pitfall after pitfall. You would think the ECCCC would finally let common sense dictate to let the issue fade away like a bad dream and cut their losses.
Could the ECCCC redirect their passion and fervor into a Bring Real Industry Back to Erie (BRIBE) organization to convince industry and manufacturing businesses to open shop in Erie? You know, to actually bring real jobs to Erie and keep the populace from leaving the area because there is a future here for employment? Then telling “the Erie story” could be a Still Is and a Continues To Be, an industrial power and indispensable part of the country’s history, not just a hub of hotels and convenience stores for people driving through.
— Michael Haag