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Rocketsbrain takes a brick…

Good evening, Netizens...

The mouse that roared has once again aroused the powers-that-be in a positive way and, although we haven't heard a final resolution yet, the fact remains authorities have opened an active investigation. The Washington State Board of Accountancy's Executive Director, Rick Sweeney, has opened an investigation into allegations by Ron Wright (AKA rocketsbrain) that Spokane's Chief Financial Officer Gavin Cooley was listed on a city web site as a Certified Public Accountant. Cooley, by his own admission, was no longer a CPA, having allowed his license to expire in 2006.

I neither know nor do I truly care if I am allowed by the rules of conduct to jump for joy, but given the time and effort Ron Wright put into researching his claim about Cooley, nor the smarmy response he garnered from Cooley when the error, if that is what it was, was first made public, I'm jumping for joy.

It all comes back to something a former editor of mine once stated, lecturing me in front of the entire assembled news room, that any good investigation by a journalist must first begin with a single brick.

“You take the edifice apart, one brick at a time,” he stated, and that quote has stuck with me ever since.

I believe many of the claims that Ron Wright has made over the last few years. I believe we are paying a steep price for the corruption and waste that is being allowed to continue in City Hall. Thus far despite extensive research and studious analysis by Wright, no formal charges have been placed against anyone, and thus that is not really news.

However, despite Gavin Cooley's weak protestations, one of the bricks of City Hall is being investigated, and that first brick counts, whether or not formal charges are ever brought forth by the State Board of Accountancy.

Kudos are in order for Ron Wright.


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