Imagine that the Peanut Corporation of America had lost a legal battle regarding the salmonella outbreak and was ordered to pay $1 billion dollars in a class action settlement. "Oh no," says Peanut Corp, "I'm suing Fred the Vat Guy for not washing his hands." "When I get my money from Fred the Vat Guy, I'll pay the families of the dead".
Would you laugh? Cry? Shake your head in disgust? The decision of the West Lafayette Republican administration to give a pass to Weida Apartments and "chase" the tenants" (three college students - J&C 2/10/09) seems equally as wacky. Most of us will consider a regulation trivial or vital depending on how it is framed for us. Wounded businesses howling about "lying students" to absolve themselves of any blame is outrageous. We do not think over-occupancy is an accident. The testimony in the Weida case proved that to the satisfaction of Judge Busch and the Indiana Appellate Court. We think it is planned. We think it is policy. We know it is damaging. If this is what the city means by "reforming" the over-occupancy code, "chasing the tenants", I may have to quit the committee assigned that task.