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July 29, 2013

Mitchel Olszak: Citizens must act amid scandal

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NEW CASTLE —

Instead, The News has been stonewalled in its effort to obtain information about the people responsible. In essence, it’s none of our business and none of the public’s business. We’re told it will be handled — if it’s handled — internally by the same system that allowed it to occur in the first place.

Although many members of the public have urged us to pursue questions surrounding the tuition scandal, others have dismissed our efforts as meddling where we don’t belong. These individuals develop novel rationalizations for the abuse of taxpayers.

For instance, the case has been made that New Castle residents should be proud outsiders want to take advantage of the city education system, free of charge.

I guess through this same line of reasoning, if someone steals my car, rather than call the police I should celebrate the fact my choice in transportation has been embraced by others.

And, of course, we are told to consider the children of these employees. Think of the pain they will suffer if their parents are exposed for what they are.

The pages of The News are full of reports of people charged with crimes. I assume many of them have children, parents, grandparents and other relatives. Is that an excuse to protect them?

Citizens who get the sense New Castle’s tuition scandal is being swept under the rug need to take matters into their own hands. They should demand accountability from the administration and school board.

And absent that, they need to call on law enforcement to get involved independently. It’s the taxpayers who are the victims here and they have the ability to go to city or state police as well as the district attorney.

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