Give ‘Em Both the Boot!
POTTSTOWN, PA – While The Mercury falls all over itself celebrating the now viral story it “broke” earlier this week about the Pottstown Middle School’s ban on open top boots, the real issue remains on why the newspaper refuses to expose the money exchanging sweetheart deal brokered by Mercury Editor Nancy March and current Pottstown School Board member Thomas Hylton.
Since 2008, The Mercury has received checks from Hylton in excess of $25,766 for 80 advertisements placed by Hylton cowering behind his Pottstown Citizens for Responsible Government political action committee moniker. Over $15,662 was spent on Mercury advertisements in 2011 by Hylton while he managed the political campaign purse strings of current board members Dennis Wausnock and Ronald Williams, along with three other loser candidates. In exchange for the tens of thousands of dollars Hylton spent on advertising at The Mercury, the paper refuses to critically report on Hylton’s failed attempt to buy school board seats in the primary and general elections of 2011.
The Mercury’s self-promoting brouhaha began the day after Pottstown Middle School Principal Gail Cooper issued this letter to parents on Wednesday. After The Mercury reported on the letter, the more savvy and professional Philadelphia news media picked up the story and did the necessary investigating and reporting to turn the story into a viral phenomenon.
Here are four examples of the story as reported by legitimate and respected Philadelphia news media outlets:
Instead of manufactured outrage, the taxpayers and parents of Pottstown School District children should be incensed at the money-influenced selective news reporting shenanigans of The Mercury and its money-corrupting school board member Thomas “Moneybags” Hylton.
The real outrage should be directed towards an individual who, for almost 40 years, has brought Pottstown and the Pottstown School District to near bankruptcy because of his fanatical zealotry in fighting to keep open expensive and outdated elementary school buildings our community can no longer afford and no longer needs.
Both Nancy March and Tom Hylton need to get the boot. The sooner the better.
You keep lying, when you oughta be truthin’
and you keep losin’ when you oughta not bet.
You keep samin’ when you oughta be a’changin’.
Now what’s right is right, but you ain’t been right yet.
These boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do
one of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you.
Nancy and Tom both sucky sucky!