Saturday, August 26, 2006

Schools: Give Us Money; We MIGHT Reduce Fees

We don't pretend to know all of the ins and outs of the Fieldcrest Referendum. We do know ridiculous school administration rhetoric and threats when we hear them:

According to Superintendent Randall S. Vincent, the board has promised to reduce those fees by at least 50 percent if an education tax rate referendum passes in November because, according to a district survey, school fees are a primary concern for those in the community..
"I don't think the fees will ever go away but we can bring them down to the level of other communities in our area," he said. " ... If the referendum passes, the board will definitely cut (participation) fees by 50 percent, but they may do more. If we are in better shape, I'm sure they will consider it (cutting fees further)."

So, in other words, "you can pay me now or you can pay me later, but YOU WILL PAY ME; and if you vote down a referendum, your 'fees' will go up and up and up and we'll still come back again and again and again with referendums 'till we get one passed. You got a problem with that?"

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Zogby: Americans Demand Vote Transparency

A new Zogby poll released today shows that 92% of Americans believe that the public has the right to view and verify the counting of votes.

Choosing between "Citizens have the right to view and obtain information about how election officials count votes" or "Citizens do not have the right to view and obtain information about how elections officials count votes," 92% of those polled agreed with the first statement, 6% agreed with the second, and 2% were unsure.

The issue of transparency has become particularly important due to the use of electronic voting systems, most of which use proprietary code and do not allow for public inspection. This is obviously a formula for vote tampering.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Muslim Choice

Two quotations jumped out at us this past week:

"He who wrongs a Jew or a Christian will have me as his accuser on the Day of Judgment."
— Prophet Muhammad


"Allah never changes a people's state unless they change what's in themselves"
— Qu'ran (13:11)

No comment from us seems necessary.

Police Need Help?

We have yet to read the "petition" Henry County Sheriff Gib Cady initiated last week asking oil companies to help cut police fuel costs, but we think it's a good idea which doesn't go far enough.

Let's also have petitions to "Big Coffee" and Big Donuts" asking for relief on the outrageous expenses in these areas.

While we're offending our heroic first responders, we find the Woodford county volunteer firefighters demand that Navitas (the wind farm developer) provide about $125,000 to "train" a team of firefighters in handling farm related "emergencies", and buy equipment a little silly. By this logic, any company coming into the County should pay off the firefighters, police, and ambulance services.

Speaking of the wind farm - if the Townships (Greene, Clayton and Panola) are concerned about their roads, and want to work out a side agreement with Navitas, that's fine; however, let's not expect Navitas to pay for the Townships' attorneys to fight with them. That seems to be stretching things a bit, doesn't it?