We first met Teena Skipper last week. She’s a real, live person, the widow of a retired and now deceased city employee, Bill Skipper.
It’s a travesty that six months after learning that Bill Skipper was cheated out of his city pension funds, the first time City Manager Alfred Lott saw Teena Skipper’s face was on the front page of this newspaper and is still refusing to pay up.
Teena and Bill Skipper, by the city’s own account, are among the countless victims of the shoddy Lott-led Albany city government, which hasn’t bothered to say hello, much less “I’m sorry,” to Teena Skipper.
Public records and tape recordings reviewed by the Journal reveal that the city human resources department concluded that it underpaid Bill Skipper at least $112,000, due to errors in the administration of his pension.
Naturally, when this mistake was discovered, Bill Skipper’s estate should have received a big check and an audit should have been ordered to identify other potential victims and to determine who might have been overpaid by the city pension fund.
Has either happened? No, because as has been demonstrated repeatedly over the past five years, what’s most important to Lott and his bosses – the Albany City Commission members – is not good governance, it is ensuring that political favors are distributed and that their mistakes, fraud, and corruption are not revealed.
Collectively, the City Commission members are wreaking havoc in our community up to and including destroying individuals’ lives.
It’s a secret no more.
Bishop still avoiding
truth about scholarships
U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop still has a lot of explaining to do about need-based
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation scholarships.
Among the unanswered questions:
n Why does Bishop think it is OK for him to continue to serve in Congress when he selected family members and friends to receive needs-based scholarships?
n What is the relationship between each of the scholarship recipients to Bishop and/or his family members and staff members?
n Who received scholarships, for how much, how many times, and for which schools?
n What were the criteria he used in awarding the scholarships?
n Who served on the committees that helped him determine the recipients?
n What was done to promote the scholarship program?
n How did the scholarship recipients learn about the scholarship program?
n Why did he ask the foundation to directly pay some, if not all, of his scholarship recipients directly rather than following the rule of sending the money to the educational institutions.
It’s been more than a month since the scandal broke and Bishop still hasn’t provided this information. At best, this is disturbing.
This week, we sent an e-mail asking Bishop these questions, some of which we’ve already asked him with no response.
We will let our readers know when and how Bishop responds
By Kevin Hogencamp