The Butler Eagle squashes freedom of speech! Time to boycott and stop buying the Eagle.

County Fairy Tales

I’d like to say I believe in open, honest government and a independent free press keeping our government in check. If you share that same belief, we have something in common. (If you don’t share that belief we have nothing in common.) I’d now like to give you three examples.

First, I have nothing in common with Ken Bowen on audio tapes of the 2004 pension grab from the Butler County Radio Network can be heard advising the commissioners on the best way to make the grab. Yes, you heard correctly, the press was conspiring on the audio tape with the elected officials to help them with the pension grab.

Second, Karen Kane, a reporter from the Post Gazette, recently got out of her seat after her off-camera media questions and scurried out the door, just as I and Eric Urbanawitz were going to speak about the 2004 pension grab and row office solicitors fleecing the county. What was the big emergency you say? It appeared that the emergency was that she forgot her Girl Scout cookies. Yes, you heard that right; she didn’t give a damn about government corruption or community viewpoints, she was too busy selling cookies to the commissioners’ rather than covering the news and being a watchdog for the taxpayers and not a lapdog for the commissioners. Way to go Karen! Go ahead Karen blame me for telling the truth and not yourself for your dereliction of duty.

Third, Dale Pinkerton and his best friend, Ron Vodenichar, the general manager at the Butler Eagle, always seem to be working together on how to best spin the county news to paint Pinkerton in the best light and deny the public the truth. I believe they’re conspiring together to manipulate the news into Butler County’s own little fairy tale starring Pinky the clown. If it looks like a clown, carries mighty mouse business cards like a clown, and talks like a clown, it is a clown. In our case, it is a corrupt clown.

In the Eagle’s fairy tale, Eric Urbanowitz and Jim Eckstein fail to exist. We never come to the public meetings to expose the government’s corruption because in the Butler Eagle’s Fairy tale we are never there. We are on channel 10 every two weeks, but in their fairy tale, POOF, we disappear!

Next, I held a rally and march on March 28th in support of our senior citizens and the disabled of Butler County. In reality, more than 75 people showed up at 10:00 in the morning and walked from the courthouse to Sunnyview to support a safety net for the poor and disabled in Butler County. In their fairy tale world, there was no march, there are no poor in Butler County, there are no disabled, and there are no seniors that suffer from Alzheimer’s or Dementia. The Butler Eagle pretended the event never happened. In their fairy tale every one is first admitted to the Butler Country Club, then to Sherwood Oaks in Cranberry where they live happily ever after and die in their sleep of a heart attack at 90 years old.

            Our Society in America is one of the richest in the world. You don’t go to church on Sunday and proclaim your belief in Jesus then act like Satan on Monday. Sunnyview has cost the citizens of Butler County $1.50 per person every year over the last ten years to treat our most vulnerable seniors. Like Jesus would have done, let’s continue his mission in Butler County like we’ve done for over 100 years. Please do not cast him away.

Jim Eckstein

Butler Township

April 1, 2009



John Wise III,


I used the prime time Viagra commercials as a guide as to what is morally acceptable in today’s society. You know the one you’re watching with your kids and they tell you what to do if you have an erection lasting longer than four hours?


John, you know very well that if you criticize elected officials about their job performance it is not a personal attack. They are in the public domain and when they are elected they loose their right to anonymity under the law. Thanks for reviewing my article. I’m certainly not going to beg you to take my $350.


You boycotted our 75 person march. During your Save Our Hospital coverage you sent Kelly Garret and a photographer out to cover a protest in front of the old armory when I was the only protester.  I didn’t even call it in, your buddy and Democratic candidate for County Commissioner, Jack Beiler, did. I’m not going to keep paying you to cover the news you should have covered for the community anyway.


You know John, what’s wrong with our local government is you don’t really want to have good, honest, open government. That’s not what you say but that’s what your doing. It’s all about money, power, and control. We’ll see if you can beat down my honesty and integrity over time. Joe Stewart thought that he could beat me too. Time will tell, I’ve got an excellent support group and I’m willing to try 6 more years to reform local government before I throw in the towel. Good luck on your journey.


Jim Eckstein






4 Responses to The Butler Eagle squashes freedom of speech! Time to boycott and stop buying the Eagle.

  1. kchubris says:

    I think Jim is a Heor for doing the work he does

  2. The Majestic Eagle is a true symbol of freedom that everyone should own. Silvia Erection

  3. blue collar doc says:

    I had an online subscription to the Butler Fascist Times, and dropped it well over a year ago. It was not very expensive, but I refuse to support this poor excuse for a newspaper. If everyone in the county who did not agree with their politics would simply drop the paper, they would go out of business in weeks. We wouldn’t miss it one bit. Butler County would be a better place without the Eagle.

  4. Spencer says:

    You’re wrong the Eagle is a great paper and by the way progressive is just street slang for commie

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