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Basehor officer still on duty after DUI arrest

He who defends officers who have done wrong, as witnessed above, arrogantly and openly admits that he has created, and is currently maintaining, an EEOC Hostile Work Environment for many of the officers who have done no wrong, [other than their refusing to be assimilated into this bully entrenched work environment of what they like to call, 'good ol' boys.']

This is according to the current "invisible lawsuit" posted by the Sentinel way back last fall, with no follow-through, that nobody wants to talk about because it might prove to be an embarrassment to certain self-serving interests who have entrenched themselves into the various departments of the municipal hierarchy.

Similar to the bully in the sandbox, he admits he is nothing like the former police chief who was allegedly forced into retirement according to the many, many anecdotal stories that have been circulated in the past. And the reason he gave for his creating, and maintaining, an EEOC Hostile Work Environment against this officer? Because, in his own words quoted in that lawsuit, he didn't like it when the former chief hired the officer, which implies a control freak or power-hungry type of behavior. “I do it because I can” mentality!

Also, this same person, he who has given himself, not just multiple pay raises, but is currently practicing gluttony at the public trough by receiving two salaries in two different departments, even though he is a defendant in a lawsuit, is violating the separation of powers enumerated in the state and federal constitutions. AND it is clearly a case of a conflict of interest to have a single person receiving two full salaries when there is no way that any one person could do justice to either one of these 'careers' during an eight hour workday. Let's face it people, he is not Superman, and he should not be allowed to narcissistically, and out of sheer grandiosity, continue to pretend that he can do justice to both of these 'careers."

Yet still, the hubris that is driving this insane behavior is continuing to produce fruit like the following: He is reportedly on record as saying that he didn’t want to spend the budget money for an officer to respond to a dying child over in the Falcon Lakes area, as well as other medical situations, because of his “verbal policy of avoiding the cost of dealing with medical emergencies,” making the alleged statement that’s in the lawsuit, “What kind of morons run with lights and sirens to a dead kid?” and indicating that “…a dead child was not worth the cost associated with the response.”

If he cannot be bothered to kick in a little bit of gas money from the budget to save the life of a child in peril, maybe we citizen should organize the occasional bake sale to provide for such contingencies?

So how is it that the Basehor Sentinel doesn't deem these matters to be worthy of even minimal investigation?

April 18, 2013 at 1:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Breuer, Box win primary

How can you in good conscience belittle and berate former council members who [allegedly] made a mistake in trying to do what was right for the city, but continue to ignore what the chief and current city administrator, and former city administrator, etc. have done to a former officer and many other victims? As far as those who have posted regarding this article: Lowry's lawsuit named Mertz as a defendant, the same way that Martley is named as the defendant in a current federal lawsuit. Martley has been the chief and has been made acting city administrator, fulfilling these two assignments concurrently. [By the way, doesn't this violate the separation of powers doctrines enumerated in both state and federal constitutions?]

Following the same logic presented in the many comments posted during the past year, the defendant Mertz should have remained as city council member and then should have been placed in the position of acting as mayor or city administrator by fulfilling those two assignments concurrently as well. [According to the recall, Mertz was found guilty as charged.] While trying to prevent a crime, but having been disciplined for it with a recall, the former city Council members' actions pale in comparison to what is being allowed to continue unchecked for the past year and a half. Judges don't usually kick lawsuits up to the federal level without substantive evidence which the city is choosing to ignore. Like George Orwell says (who was the author of 'Animal Farm'), "Some pigs are more equal than others."

March 3, 2013 at 4:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Breuer, Box win primary

Hey! This is really great! Recently we had a so-called ""election"" and how convenient that it was held on a day when all the schools and businesses were closed and the media was telling us to stay home. It would have been better to postpone the election until the weather had cleared up. Unfortunately, very few were able to make it to the polling places.

The main idea of having an election is to hand the winner a ""mandate."" The following event could hardly be called a ""mandate;"" if only 280+ people [allegedly] came out to vote, out of 3000 registered voters who actually voted, so, where's your mandate? The 280+ who allegedly voted only served as enablers for those who have been abusing the rest of us for these many years. Therefore, the status quo blame game has been allowed to continue without interruption according to the people who have written comments above and below. What we need is a word which describes what has been going on at City Hall.

Here is a standard definition of the word, HUBRIS, which means extreme pride or arrogance. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one's own competence or capabilities, especially when the person who is exhibiting it is in a position of power. According to the ancient Greek meaning of the word, it referred to actions that ""shamed"" and ""humiliated"" the victim[s] all for the pleasure or gratification of the abuser. Doesn't that pretty much describe what's been going on down at City Hall?

The bottom line is that this is exactly how all corrupt governments put themselves out of business. How lucky we citizens of Basehor are! All of us have ringside seats and will be able to witness the fall of Rome/Basehor. Popcorn anyone? Usually one would have to pay big bucks for entertainment this good.

March 3, 2013 at 4 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City wants more applicants for city administrator

Give me a break! Lower the requirements? Let's hope the requirements include having an IQ above room temperature, based on all the problems in the past. We've been told twice that the search hasn't ever started yet, that it keeps being put off until "later," so getting any applications at all should be applauded. This leads one to easily conclude that either a fellow crony, or the current "acting-city administrator," (who's a defendant in a federal lawsuit) doesn't meet the smell test, opps, I mean doesn't meet the requirements, so city hall plans to get 'em in permanently, one way or the other. Oh so quick to jump on former city council members, accusing them of not following protocol, but now the current city council plans to change protocol to better suit their agenda, the defendant's agenda, or both. Yeah, right. We need to vote them all out and start over. You in?

February 16, 2013 at 9:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mayoral forum gets heated

"Editor’s note: Basehor Mayor Terry Hill says he is not related by blood to anyone on the City Council. Council member Travis Miles is the son of Hill’s wife’s sister. Thus, Hill is Miles’ uncle by marriage. Miles' aunt is married to a brother of council member David Breuer. However, Hill says he is not related to Breuer, nor is he related to council members Iris Dysart, Fred Box or Council President Dennis Mertz."

Direct quote from the Basehor Sentinel, Nov. 22, 2011. So which is it, Basehor Sentinel? Truth on 2011 article, but "That is untrue" on Feb. 12, 2013 above article?

To LightTheDarkCorners: Looks like it's a furthering of "what looks like" the good ol' boys network. They appear to be more interested in keeping their invested commercial properties taken care of more than following the legal and moral laws of doing their job.

To armystrong: May not be the case, but sure looks like the City decided to keep Martley in both positions because of that former officer's lawsuit being moved up to federal court, and Martley being the defendent in the same lawsuit, would have access to both sides of the issue, which is another conflict of interest that's piling up against his staying where he is!

February 13, 2013 at 12:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Basehor City Council work session agenda: Jan. 7

You had me til the end, but got a little off topic. We understand the city can't comment on an ongoing federal lawsuit, BUT there are a few of us who are wondering why Martley is being rewarded with a 2nd raise for involving the city in a lawsuit, while others who've involved the city in a lawsuit had the entire town in an uproar (former city council members), but on the other hand a city administrator in charge of a city should have enough common sense to properly edit a legal contract. That being said, it appears we fixed that problem and moved on. The only remaining problem to fix is to ensure the job security and rights of employees by addressing the officer's allegations listed in the federal lawsuit that are very disturbing, and were published in this very same paper a few mohths ago (Aug 23). Anybody who's read it, should have questions about the city council's intentions of keeping Martley on both jobs, let alone giving another raise!

January 7, 2013 at 8:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Basehor news: A year in review

Dec. 18th's posting of a commonly-used slang term, that had reference to 'City Hall must be enjoying its use of a power trip against the citizens of Basehor' by spending more of our tax dollars on themselves, got the posting deleted. It went something like this (minus the slang):

Are you kidding me?!!?!? Travis admits it was to have been a temporary job, and yet the same guy who's refused to leave the city administrator's job while continuing his conflict of interest at the city police chief job, is the same guy who's got a federal lawsuit against himself and the city, is the same guy who just got a huge raise when the new city council gave it to him and all the others on a high-level position, is now the same guy who's getting another monthly raise???!!!

And on top of that, not only do we not get any word from the city council on what they're doing, like they think we're too stupid to remember it, but the same newspaper who gave us daily, and yes, at times there were daily, reports on poor Mr. Loughry being caught with changing the money amount on his own contract without prior city council knowledge or approval, is now the same newspaper who doesn't do any follow up at all about a federal lawsuit that a former Basehor police officer has filed, but the guy with questionable behaviors is given another raise!!!

And so that's how 2012 gets summed up in Basehor, with tons of unanswered questions, unfinished business, and obvious lack of concern for the working class/"lower-level" employees of Basehor?

Shared this on the Bonner Springs year-end report, too, hoping that this kind of ***** self-serving influence doesn't spread.

December 30, 2012 at 3:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bonner Springs's top stories of 2012

"This probably holds true for the communities of Bonner Springs and Edwardsville, with their fair share of troublesome issues..." Just sharing some of those troublesome issues so it doesn't spread.

December 30, 2012 at 3:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bonner Springs's top stories of 2012

All righty then, no more slang terms being referenced on how the City Hall must enjoy using its power trip against the citizens of Basehor....that somebody has "liked" without having seen it?? In the meantime, my prior comment (Dec. 18th) went something like this:

Are you kidding me?!!?!? Travis admits it was to have been a temporary job, and yet the same guy who's refused to leave the city administrator's job while continuing his conflict of interest at the city police chief job, is the same guy who's got a federal lawsuit against himself and the city, is the same guy who just got a huge raise when the new city council gave it to him and all the others on a high-level position, is now the same guy who's getting another monthly raise???!!!

And on top of that, not only do we not get any word from the city council on what they're doing, like they think we're too stupid to remember it, but the same newspaper who gave us daily, and yes, at times there were daily, reports on poor Mr. Loughry being caught with changing the money amount on his own contract without prior city council knowledge or approval, is now the same newspaper who doesn't do any follow up at all about a federal lawsuit that a former Basehor police officer has filed, but the guy with questionable behaviors is given another raise!!!

And that's how 2012 gets summed up in Basehor, with tons of unanswered questions and unfinished business?

December 29, 2012 at 8:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Council updates 2012 budget

All righty then, no more slang terms being referenced on how the City Hall must enjoy using its power trip against the citizens of Basehor....that somebody has "liked" without having seen it?? In the meantime, my prior comment went something like this:

Are you kidding me?!!?!? Travis admits it was to have been a temporary job, and yet the same guy who's refused to leave the city administrator's job while continuing his conflict of interest at the city police chief job, is the same guy who's got a federal lawsuit against himself and the city, is the same guy who just got a huge raise when the new city council gave it to him and all the others on a high-level position, is now the same guy who's getting another monthly raise???!!!

And on top of that, not only do we not get any word from the city council on what they're doing, like they think we're too stupid to remember it, but the same newspaper who gave us daily, and yes, at times there were daily, reports on poor Mr. Loughry being caught with changing the money amount on his own contract without prior city council knowledge or approval, is now the same newspaper who doesn't do any follow up at all about a federal lawsuit that a former Basehor police officer has filed, but the guy with questionable behaviors is given another raise!!!

And that's how 2012 gets summed up in Basehor, with tons of unanswered questions and unfinished business?

December 29, 2012 at 8:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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