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Steve Kirsch April 18, 2014 at 10:52 AM
Joel, I disagree with you that the budgets are put together by special interest groups. I thinkRead Morethe re are some plans - I would call them ideas rather than plans, but I agree that they are not well communicated. For example, the BoF has a goal to raise our bond rating, and while they speak about it in meetings, I'm not aware of any written plan or roadmap. Another example is the idea to get all vehicles and equipment onto a rolling replacement schedule, but only a couple of months ago was the BoF able to get a list of vehicles (something the CIFAP asked for back in 2011). I have suggested that we bring in an outside company to study and advise us on a complete staffing plan.
Steve Kirsch April 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM
John, you are correct. I do mean that the proposed increases are reduced. I'll try to be clearRead Morenext time.
john April 18, 2014 at 11:11 AM
Joel: I could not agree more. If most of us do not vote or attend meetings how can ANYONE claimRead Moreto know what the people of Monroe really want? I suggest using the taxpayer id's for verification and to keep it factual. It should be designed with area for suggestion and with a way to determine how strongly each us feels about any given topic or direction. Also there would need to be more then just one time poll. It really should be done at least once a year to see how we progress and if any changes made are working I have a feeling that we would find some very good suggestions to solve some of our problems. I also feel it would also give those in the minority a way of being heard. Just because your in a minority does not mean you do not have a valid point or a good suggestion. OK who going to be first to say it can not or should not be done.
Jim Weinberg April 17, 2014 at 10:23 AM
Joey, Joey, Joey, ...its so nice you and Jane are learning big words! But lets try to use themRead Morecorre ctly ....I may be arrogant, that's for others to judge, but it has nothing to do with Jane, or your, ignorance when it comes to Common Core. We have representatives on the BOE who are supposed to be looking out for us, not pretending to understand something that is presented in such a way as to "obfuscate" the real issues at hand. Do you, and Jane, wish to have representatives that pretend to understand something just because they are afraid to ask for clarification and to have it presented in language that the everyday person can understand? I believe that you two, and others, are simply happy to sit back and let this happen. As I pointed out earlier the entire wave of CC slammed the states, 40 to perhaps 45 seemed to embrace it, but now understand that it is a horrific program being pressed on us and if we don't like what is happening its incumbent upon us to make sure we understand it and fight it off. For the every day parent in the system we need reps like Guttman to do their job and make damn sure they know what is happening. If you think differently then you spend your free time on the BOE or for that matter any other board or commission where you are away from your family for several evening a month and wading through issues that you might not understand. I would like to meet you someday and maybe even Jane, and see what drives people like you.....you can sit on here spouting off your leftist baloney but somehow I doubt you ever spend a minute of your time helping others in our community or anywhere else. How the devil do u have the "big ones" to draw the first breath in criticism of others who do?? Now...that would fit the definition of "arrogance" don't you think? Perhaps you are the proverbial "kettle"????
Jay April 17, 2014 at 06:29 PM
Jim sounds like you own a dictionary; maybe you could lend it to Guttman so that he could look upRead Moreso me “BIG WORDS”. Jim you’re a Republican and so I guess you’re going to support Guttman, but hey come on now the man is an idiot. Jim settle your self down, relax, turn on cable and watch the BOE and if you start to get worked up just wait a while, Guttman will come on and provide comic relief. If that doesn’t work try Town Council, Vavrek is always good for a few laughs.
Joe Mancini April 18, 2014 at 08:58 AM
Jim Weinberg-once again thanks for the laugh. "...we need reps like Guttman". Seriously,Read MoreI almost choked on my coffee. Please continue sticking your head in the sand while Monroe continues to become the laughingstock of the region. And by the way, I am a conservative and hold a Doctorate as well as a Masters so anytime you would like a proper education, I am available.
Unaffiliated April 13, 2014 at 12:51 PM
Vavrek is a Con Man. How is that for reporting, Jan? The reporting that was once done by a localRead Moreed itor can be picked up by readers if they would take time to write about something that affects Monroe. For example I wrote a piece in the Town Square section on how Steve Vavrek goes about scamming the public into paying higher taxes every year. If everyone would take some time to write about the various corruptions that permeate our town maybe we could make this a better place
Lois Spence April 14, 2014 at 07:55 PM
Something tells me that the OP was not talking about political mud-slinging. I agree with the OPRead Morein that there is no longer any coverage of Board or Commission meetings, local sports, human interest stories things that only concern those of us that live here. Bill Bittar was everywhere, and I miss his coverage.
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