Last night I was cruising the on-line version of the Muncie newspaper and the political ad for State Representative Dennis Tyler, currently running for the top seat as Muncie Mayor popped up. One line read:
Imagine the possibilities if we all worked together
Now, I don’t know about you, but I found the slogan to be…well…funny. Here’s a guy which has been elected over and over again, but is now finding himself in quite a pickle at the State House. He is no longer part of the majority. But instead of imagining the possibilities of working together, he goes on a five-week hiatus in Urbana. IL.
I like to think of it as imagining the possibilities of redistricting.
For the past few election cycles, we have had 20 elected officials in the legislative and executive branches of local government. Until January 1st, 2011, four were Republicans and 16 were Democrats. That changed in the last election and now we have five Republicans and 15 Democrats. Gee, none of those in the minority took a five-week vacation. Maybe they are hoping for the possibility of working together…as unlikely as it seems given who is in control as the majority.
As an afterthought, hmmm imagine the possibilities if all of his people worked together. On City Council: Alison Quirk, Nora Powell, maybe Ty Morton, probably Strong. Jerry Dishman, Mary Jo Barton, Julius Anderson, Doug Marshall.
Mark and Brad could get coffee or make copies.
Out in the county he would have Donati, Dunnuck, another Quirk and another Dunnuck. The rest would play along .
The two Republicans would get coffee and make copies.
Problem is, they have been working together and the possibility is the county is broke. Something to look forward to for the next four years. Possibilities.
Jerry Dishman’s signs say:
“Fighting for your property rights”.
Just what does that mean? Is he against property taxes? Does he believe the building where Democrat Headquarters is located should remain a tax exempt property? What? What? What? Jerry Dishman is a nice guy, but this has most of the people stumped as to its real meaning.
Next on the list is the bright pink signs screaming at you.
“Giving Volume To Your Voice.”
Nora Powell Democrat candidate for Council At-Large somehow got her “middle” name placed on the ballot. This would make her first in the line-up. As Evans comes before Powell. Maybe the signs should be changed to read “Giving Volume To MY Voice” as this is the first time any candidate has been allowed to use their middle name. Giving volume to her voice and having friends in the party can get you first on the ballot.
I just wish we could go through one election that didn’t have the appearance of “stink” written all over it. In 2010 it was the ghost candidates. 2008 saw the recruitment of candidates which had no intention of winning the race just had a name which came before a popular candidate, and in 2007 we had illegal Absentee Voter Ballots.
So remember, if you plan to vote this election, don’t be sucked into the 3-7% of voters that place a check mark on the very first name. Imagine the possibilities of having four years of the same type of governing. Yikes!
For me, I am going to vote for those which even under the most difficult situations will stay on the job. I will vote for those that do indeed fight for your property rights and I will vote for those that will allow your voice to be heard.
Pie with the Big Guy was a great success. New faces and old stopped by to wish Jim Arnold success. The pies were good, the coffee (at least the decaf) not so hot.
Jim took questions from the audience, and it is obvious to all who listened, he does know what is happening in city government. After four years attending City Council, it’s hard not to understand local government.
Please don’t forget the Community Update on Saturday April 9th at 9:00 AM. A good line up of speakers coupled with good food and good people. Get there early!
Taste of the South
4019 South Walnut
At the January 21 special City Council meeting, Mike King, Alison Quirk, Sam Marshall, Monte Murphy, Mary Jo Barton, and Jerry Dishman voted to override the Mayor’s veto of the repeal of an ordinance passed in 2007 annexing Brewington Woods and Halteman I. Please note that the 2007 annexation vote was cast before Sharon McShurley was elected Mayor.
Be advised that your vote sets a dangerous precedent that will hinder future annexation efforts for years to come. Your vote squanders $100,000.00 of Muncie taxpayer dollars already invested in the annexation, and untold millions of dollars of future tax revenues which would have positively impacted our City
Your vote also represents a vote of No Confidence in the rule of law that should have been allowed to legally determine the fate of the annexation efforts.
A vote of No Confidence in the ability of the Muncie Fire Department, to provide adequate fire protection to Brewington Woods and Halteman I, and in the veracity of Fire Chief Sean Burcham and MFD Union President Mike Whited who both claimed that the Muncie Fire Department could do so.
A vote of No Confidence in your own ability to effectively cooperate with the Mayor and assist in the difficult task of addressing budget shortfalls and other difficulties facing the City of Muncie.
Hopefully Muncie citizens will respond with a No Confidence vote of their own leaving six of you scrambling for something to do on the first Monday of each month after the 2011 election.
It might be important to note that inspite of the Administration’s and City Council’s ability to resolve an Annual Budget to the satisfaction of the Taxpayers (remember the taxpayers?), there is an alternative to consider….IC 6-1.1-17-13 provides for the Taxpayers to force a hearing in front of the DLGF (the FINAL authority on the City Budget) to address their concerns and objections.
If there are those interested in signing on to such an effort, please communicate that interest with the CDCPTR at: email@example.com
If you have problems emailing, please copy and paste the address into your email program.
Budget Veto Meeting Friday November 13, 2009 @ 5:30 PM City Hall
Good Government Begins With You!
It is true. President of City Council, Allison Quirk will consider withdrawing the resolution to implement an additional tax on the citizens of Delaware County.
The Mayor of Muncie, Sharon McShurley, has done what no other mayor has done in decades, perhaps ever, and that is….to make the hard decisions to find and implement cost savings in the city budget.
Many people should receive a round of applause, many worked hard to stop the implementation of this tax.
McShurley because she has publically stated her non support for this tax.
Council members, Mark Conatser, Jerry Dishman and Brad Polk for realizing this is the wrong tax for the wrong time and the courage to go against the flow of taxation as the only means to combat shortages.
The Muncie City department heads for putting together much needed changes in ordinances, creating revenues and putting the citizen’s financial well-being above the status quo.
The city employees who worked hard under tough conditions.
Citizens of Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana for taking a stand.
CDCPTR for their tireless effort in getting the information about the tax in the hands of the people.
President Allison Quirk for withdrawing the resolution.
As penned during the mayoral campaign…”We need a quarterback, not a cheerleader”. I do believe the writer was prophetic….