Oskaloosa Street Repairs for 9/18/14 Are Poor Planning

Poor planning by the City Engineer and City manager put the city traffic in Oskaloosa at risk on Thursday. South 7th was almost completely shut down from A Ave. East down past Webster School. Then Third Ave North was shut down from Jiffy for many blocks heading north. Then to top it off South 11th was shut down to through traffic completely. Getting around the south west side of town was almost impossible, not to mention school buses had to be completely re-routed and kids were dropped off in places they normally were not dropped off at.

Oddly enough I was just reading an article for Des Moines about the new city manager will be making $195,000 a year with a possible increase in salary after six months. The new manager also receives a $500.00 a month vehicle allowance and $100.00 a month cellphone allowance.

Schrock makes over $117,000.00 plus up to a $4000.00 performance bonus two years ago Schrock was making just over $103,000.00 a year. Des Moines population is just over 210,000 people in 2014, Oskaloosa’s population is estimated at just over 11,000 people. I am just wondering how we can sustain such a salary for a city manager that is 60% of the salary of a town with almost 200,000 less people. Actually I do know how, the city manager plans on working on increasing a franchise fee along with submitting other increases to boost the cities income so that next year maybe he will get another increase.

How much longer are the people of Oskaloosa going to keep ignoring what this city is doing with their poor planning, over paying a city manager while cutting other salaries and positions, and work on ways to increase taxes and fees to over pay someone that keeps taking food off the residents tables for his own gratification!

Poor planning by this city on road repair schedules, and over paying for nothing, along with this stupid “Green Zone” is just a bunch of B.S.!

 

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When Should News Be Withheld?

I am wondering when some parts of News should be withheld. It seems putting out an accident victims name in the news within twentyfour hours of the accident is disrespectful of the family. Are ??News?? ??Agencies?? that put out this information giving family members time to inform other family members about this tragic accident before these family members read it in the News? I don’t think so.

Poor judgement on the part of a local news site is just disrespectful to the family!

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Emergency Management Equipment Usage

Recently I have been having discussions with some whom think that, well they have a sense of “entitlement” to use County equipment for personal use. Oddly enough with FEMA Grants and other Federally funded monies tied  to this program I decided to look into the policies for using Federally funded equipment for say a ride to Prom, or Senior pictures! Oddly enough I don’t see any place in policies from any agency were taxpayers are to cover “wear and tear”, insurance, and fuel so a eighteen year old can drive this equipment to prom.

Interesting pictures taken from Facebook public access pages.

 

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Iowa Governor’s Race

 

The Iowa governor’s race has become a point of contention for some people with Terry Branstad running for yet another term. Branstad has almost completed his fifth non-consecutive term, yes five terms as Governor. Oddly enough it has started to show little cracks in his system of arrogance, self-serving ego, and contemptuous attitude towards following the laws.

Terry seemed to think that he should terminate the Iowa Workforce Development department as it was known and reduce it down to just a few offices that were hard for people to get to, and just install a few computers around the state in libraries for the unemployed to sign up on for work or unemployment benefits. That seemed to yield hundreds of complaints from many groups including workers who couldn’t get into the system, to those whom never used a computer before that time. Not to mention all the Workforce Development employees who then had to sign up for unemployment too.

Another act was when Terry decided to close down a juveniles center in the state by making sure it was not funded, forcing many teens in need of help to be scattered to the winds in different facilities further from their families, and once again putting more state workers on unemployment.

Oh yes, we can’t forget the famous 90MPH speeding suburban going down the highway with the Emperor Branstad in the back seat “oblivious” to the fact that his vehicle is passing everything on the road! Then when one of the few honest State Troopers filed a complaint oddly enough he was terminated. Starting to sound familiar here?

Now for the next kicker! Wait I better check to see if I signed one of those confidential agreements! Ok we are good I didn’t.

It seems Branstad (playing dumb again) didn’t know about taxpayers money in the hundreds of thousands of dollars being paid as “hush money” to state workers whom had their jobs terminated, and then were replaced by probably less competent personal that Branstad could probably control.

What am I seeing here? A governor that has been in office so long that he thinks he is above the law, has no accountability, and has a sense of entitlement to do as he pleases. It is no longer what voters are interested in changing; it has become what King Branstad wants!

I am not pushing for a Democrat in office I am saying enough is enough King Branstad stop freeloading off of Iowa taxpayers and thinking you above the law, retire and let someone else run on the Republican ticket. Branstad, you will already get a nice state pension at taxpayers expense, and probable free medical until you “kick the bucket”!

The other thing I will say is if Branstad is voted into office again and more things are changed that he decides he doesn’t like, don’t blame anyone but the people who checked that little box for this arrogant ass. Like Nancy Reagan use to say when you get to that little box in the voting booth “Just say NO!”

 

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Liar’s Day

Liar’s Day comes every so often, and it has come and past this week. What am I talking about? Well, Primary or Election time that’s what I am talking about! Every time there is a voting season I just keep the TV remote in my hand at the ready for another election commercial so I can mute the TV. Why, you ask. Because in almost fifty years I have heard the same thing over and over in political commercials, promises and commitments that no politician keeps once they are voted in! However in recent years I have heard some honesty out of a few politicians such as Mitt Romney, and a few Tea Baggers that like Mitt let their mouth over ride their dumb ass! Thank goodness for politicians thinking no one is listening or recording otherwise we wouldn’t have political suicide to laugh at!

Now we just have to deal with Mid-Term election lies, then within a year and a few months after that we get to start hearing more lies, arrogance, self-serving, and just plan idiotic political bullshit again. Lucky us all we have to look forward to each election time is voting the lesser of two evils into office.

Which all this reminds me, it’s time to change the batteries in the remote control I would hate to have it fail in the middle of a lie!

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