First off, let me thank you for allowing me to use your Blog to reflect what our Family has been talking about since the New Year's.
There are so many rumors floating around about WHO IS ACTUALLY running for Mayor. We know England is. We know Etheridge is. We know someone by the name of Stemler or Stumler is running (sorry). We know Messer is not running. But, we hear there may be a person yet unknown to us. When is the last day for the filing?
We were talking about the "grand illusion" of the new parking garage and condos. Blah, blah, blah. I agree with the fact Bobo should own his parking lot for his condos. I do not want to be in another parking lot business with our money when the other failed so miserably. Are we still paying all the electric at the State Street Parking garage and who will show us the books and PUBLICLY state we are or have made money on this particular white elephant (except during Harvest, lol)?
I feel the articles published in the Tribune (by you know who) perpetuate the old myth about us vs. them junk. This entails the old sayings it is the County versus the City residents. The myth where County residents look down on the City residents; the Floyd County "snobs" versus City dumb butts. I have good friends in the County and good friends in the City; but I really get the impression that is the attitude one columnist in the Tribune HAS. The articles simply read this way to me (and I have excellent reading comprehension skills). If this is the attitude they possess don't you wish they would move BACK to the County and quit running the citizens down in the City with their (what I consider) a holier than thou attitude? I SURE DO. But, that is our opinion, LOL.
We are anxious to see who will run for the City Council. I know, the Tribune listed some of the ones who will run again but I think we are going to have new faces, also. It surely can't hurt.
We also feel the shortfall in the budget is a whole lot more than what "they" are telling us. Matter of fact, I know. Do you feel the current government has no clue how bad the state of the economy is, or how badly jobs are needed, or how much we want them to cut back on EVERYTHING? Where is "their" reality? I know reality sucks, but geez Louise.
As my friend who shares ownership in Buckheads said in the paper TOLLS on the bridges will kill business...and that means in New Albany, also.
We have also talked about Daniels getting some type of a "fiscally responsible" award. I don't really dislike Daniels as a person but I certainly disagree with some decisions he has made. How much outsourcing of jobs has he permitted, allowed, performed (however you wish to word it)?
This subject, outsourcing, drives me crazy. I watched corporate outsource for years until they fell on their knees and we fell on ours. Employees come in under "professional services contracts" and get no benefits, no pensions, no job stability (you are there until there is no more work). I think it has come around to bite Corporate in their behinds. We don't like the percentage the Chinese own of the USA. We don't like India taking massive amount of jobs from little ole Indiana. We don't like the fact the Germans own our water (and I know some Veterans who are livid about this subject). Let's just say use American workers and U.S. dollars to build, etc. I've never seen so much "we need foreign investments to make this project work". If you do, then don't build it. Stay at home.
Thank you again for letting me say how I feel. Some things stick in your crawl and maybe even I can do better. I can only imagine how some are going to "act" about what was stated above but I am sure they will get over it and allow others an opinion.