The snow is white, the sky is pale blue and the air is crisp. Despite the return of the head cold, life is pretty good. Saturdays are sleep in, casual cleaning and cinnamon French Toast with real maple syrup. Sipping a cup of yummy Free Trade java, don’t know about you, it’s the simple things I find so rewarding. This is a long Saturday rambling. Read the rest of this entry »
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In the opinion sections of newspapers, Lee Hamilton, former U.S. House Representative, wrote Some suggestions for improving Congress. For the most part it’s interesting. Love him or hate him, depends on his topic. For example, Hamilton spoke at Minnetrista Center May 2011, the topic? Civility in Civics. Sadly, many of our elected officials didn’t show to hear his presentation
Perhaps if the Democrats had gone to hear Mr. Hamilton speak, they may have refrained from acting the fools on election night. I am pretty sure nobody sang “Ding dong, Donati’s gone. Donati’s gone, Donati’s gone. Ding dong, Donati’s gone when he lost his commissioner’s seat last November, and he is a red-blooded, toe-the-line party Democrat foot soldier.
Yet, election night 2011, Democrats party loyalists sang with gusto “ding dong the witch is dead” they left messages on answering machines, they flocked like crazed maniacs to the public forums and posted over 200 comments in just a few hours.
Their candidate wins and this is how they celebrate? This topic is better left for another day, another time.
If you are interested more of Hamilton’s writings visit Center on Congress.
Did you know every two years we vote for one person to represent us in Congress? Uh huh. But, I’m not here to talk about Congress… I’m here to talk about irony, double standards, and just plain donkey dung. Read the rest of this entry »
The Conservative Tree House may be called a Last Refuge for each of us for different reasons. Whatever trail through the woods brought us here, we have shared the turmoil of storms as we have been finding our voices as individuals in this growing community. Read more by clicking on the link.
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The annual Property Tax Appeal Help Day on November 17, 2012 had an extraordinary turnout. With nearly 150 people in attendance and some with stories of increased assessment, we can’t call it a success until every property owner receives a fair assessment. Rest assured we are working diligently to get the ear of our legislatures to address this issue. It may be this year, or maybe not, it’s hard to say what the future holds.
As you all may know, Scott Alexander won the County Council At-Large seat. Scott has been attending county meetings for nearly seven years and brings to the table a wealth of information and practical experience. With that being said, welcome Scott!
District 2 Commissioner, Todd Donati, lost his re-election bid and his last day will be December 31, 2012. Prior to being commissioner he spent 12 years on county council. Unfortunately, most people ignored his performance on council and elected him in 2008. After four years of the most viral political games and outrageous spending, the people of Delaware County ousted him from office. I heard the day after the election, many of the county employees had a smile on their faces.
The Christmas Season is upon us and it looks like the downtown area will be decked out in lights. Muncie has come a long way since that cold winter night in 2009 when Council President, Sam Marshall, announced he was cutting the streetlight budget in half. Yes, 50% of the lights were scheduled to be shut off. No Christmas lights for us , bah humbug. And just about no streetlights in 2010 either. Yet, despite the not so bright future, Muncie was able to leave to the new administration $7,596,218.00 to take into 2012. Nobody got a bonus and only one person in the Tyler administration got a raise, but there were new copiers purchased and some other sundry things along the way. So, now Muncie is flush with money and the budget has been increased by $2 million. So much for Nora Powell, finance chairperson, getting the department heads to consider fiscal prudence. Hey, if you got it, might as well spend it.
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Public question: Shall Delaware County, Indiana and City of Muncie, Indiana, reorganize as a single political subdivision?
Supporting consolidation and modernization, vote Yes.
So, here we are at the brink of voting for reorganization and modernization in our county. After nearly five years, it’s on the ballot.
You might be asking, why do I support consolidation? I believe it will usher in a smaller and more transparent government. Currently, there are 47 separate taxing entities in the county. Most can’t recite even four. I can’t. Nevertheless, we have on the table a plan for reorganization.
To give you a little background. The reorganization began in 2007, when a group of citizens garnered over 2200 signatures to get the ball rolling. From there it was voted up, voted down, board disbanded and new appointments made, until the finished plan was completed in 2010. From there it sat gathering dust for nearly a year, as neither Muncie City Council or Delaware County Commissioners bothered to meet and modify the plan. One wonders if they even read the plan. I know members of City Council were asked their thoughts on the reorganization, and they sat looking blankly at the citizen. Where’s the Democrat handlers when you need them?
Finally, Linda Gregory spoke and defined the plan perfectly. She would as she spent time explaining the plan to citizens at her monthly meetings.
But today, we have a wealth of misinformation being circulated by those that have never even bothered to read the plan. You ask how I know this? I’ve been out and about listening to people explain why they are voting No. So, I wonder, are these elected people ignorant of the plan or does their agenda include spreading as much false information as possible? Don’t know. Either way, it does the citizens a disservice.
To make it fun, let’s discuss some of the things being said.
“Public safety is in danger and we won’t have a sheriff.” No, public safety won’t change. Muncie will still have MPD and the County will still have Sheriff Department The sheriff position is in the constitution, so this position is here to stay.
“Dennis Tyler will control the county.” No, the mayor position will be eliminated and Dennis Tyler isn’t qualified to be the county executive.
“Your taxes will go up.” That may be a possibility and really has nothing to do with reorganization. Remember, your property is capped, so you do have a level of insurance.
“They just want to get rid of the elected officials.” I’m not sure who “they” may be. Consider this, the reorganization began in 2007 and there has been a turn over of elected officials. Realizing the comment lacked credibility, it was continued to single out along-time city council member. Yep, we spend all our time on modernization and consolidation to rid ourselves of Mary Jo Barton?
Some of the reasons are comical, as the Barton one, some are serious accusations with no basis in fact. I would suggest you read the plan, if you haven’t already and decide for yourself.
I’ll leave you with this opinion piece from the local newspaper.