The Tendrich Syllogism
A simple logical formation is often stated using this example:
All men are mortal.
Socrates was a man.
Socrates was mortal.
In a man bites dog story, Howard Tendrich writes a scathing letter in today’s Herald where he points out a couple instances where Mayor Stanczyk is alleged to have lied to the public. Say it ain’t so Howard!
SDM suggests the syllogism be modified this way:
All politicians are liars.
Mayor Stanczyk is a politician.
Mayor Stanczyk is a liar.
Of course, Howard Tendrich is still a politician, technically…
Rex World: Where a Loss is a Win
Another Soapbox letter writer attempts to claim once again that, because Palmer Trinity was not awarded its legal fees and costs incurred in its SUCCESSFUL suit against the village, somehow this is a victory for Palmetto Bay.
Let SDM reiterate, this blog is glad that village tax dollars will not go to Palmer. But that ruling does not replace the $600,000 the village wasted in having to defend the council’s punitive and harsh decision in the first place. This was no victory for the village.
One more thing on the pending damages suit: SDM has heard a little about the theory that Palmer will be arguing to the court and it appears novel. The contention that no municipality has been forced to pay legal fees and costs before does not mean that it will never happen – just that no lawyer has broken the code on how to do it yet. Novel does not mean impossible.
More interesting, and what continues to fascinate SDM, is how a small group of village insiders have been made privy to the details of the Palmer travesty while the rest of us are left in the dark. Who is leaking all this information?
If you are looking for a place to start your inquiry Mr. Dubois, you might want to ask the village staff why Soapbox letter writers have such uncanny and timely access to the facts of the case.
The Fiore Obsession
One regular commenter to this blog enjoys repeatedly saying that Patrick Fiore should be elected Mayor in 2014. SDM is not going to publish that comment anymore unless you spice it up.
The election in 2014 will be pivotal for this village and, candidly, Mr. Fiore has not shown SDM that he is up to the task. Mr. Fiore votes the right way – at least from SDM’s point of view – but he must evolve from just a minority vote into a leader if he has any chance of being elected Mayor.
SDM has suggested to Mr. Fiore that he needs to pick up his game. Perhaps he will do so in 2013.
Note to readers: SDM has been taking it easy over the holidays. Writing this blog is a pleasure, but it is a demanding master. So, if posts are sometimes slow in coming, it is because the author’s well occasionally runs dry.