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General Discussion / Re: New City Budget: More Reserves Used
« Last post by lpmv2407 on Today at 08:15:40 AM »
The biggest waste of money to me is senior services. It's not because the services aren't needed, but rather they are already duplicated elsewhere in the community with the private sector and other non-profits.  If the city reached out to local churches, Southern Area Agency on Aging, Mobility Management, PART, and the Coalition for Health and Wellness - then we don't need a senior service.

There - I just saved the city $200K.
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Sports / Boxing
« Last post by Bill Wyatt on Today at 07:38:40 AM »
I did something I haven't done in a long time, I watched a title fight. My first fascination was back when Ali and Frazier were going at it. I began to fall away from the sport when Europe took over the boxing world and the U.S. thought it was cool to let the boxers take off their shoes and kick each other. Anyway, I'm getting old, been away too long, or both - but until they rang the bell and started swinging at each other, I thought I was watching some wrassling match. The boxers come in all dressed up, wearing masks and flashy suits. I couldn't believe it. It was just silly.
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Silver Screen / Re: What have you seen lately?
« Last post by Bill Wyatt on May 18, 2019, 11:17:10 AM »
I watched Episodes 1 and 2 of Hulu's original "Catch'22" directed by George Clooney last night. It's classified as a dark satire, and that's an accurate description. A little "Oh, Brother Where are Thou?" humor in it. I'm liking it. Nicely shot and great effects.

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Silver Screen / Re: Game of Thrones
« Last post by Bill Wyatt on May 18, 2019, 11:13:05 AM »
I get a dose of it when our niece and nephew visit. Some of it is pretty good. Much of it is mindless and time consuming. On that note, not much has changed. The biggest difference I see, is the laughter - or lack thereof. When I was a kid, we would laugh at our shows. They were funny to us. Kids today rarely laugh at modern programming. I think that's sad.

Sunday night is the final GOT. I'm not going to be able to watch it until Wednesday. Hope I can stay away from the spoilers until then.
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General Discussion / Re: New City Budget: More Reserves Used
« Last post by Bill Wyatt on May 18, 2019, 11:07:22 AM »
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The Current City Council is blaming decisions made by previous councils for being bad and made the current situation what it is. Was Mayor Lawson not involved in some of those decisions?

Yes. Has she ever said she was not in the wrong on occasion? Sometimes it's better to have someone experienced with the decision process. If you want to discount a member of Council for not being perfect, we wouldn't have a Council.

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The 50 year $50 Million AMP fiasco?

Well lets be truthful here. I was outspoken again the AMP Ohio deal and those who were didn't like the long-term arrangement because it locks us in from changing to a cheaper source. That hasn't happened, yet. The "fiasco" has not occurred and rates have been comparable to AEP, the only other choice we had to consider. As I recall, AEP never offered to be a supplier of the City. The comparison was done with existing numbers on record. In reality, AMP was the only offer on the table.

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Another person who should share some of the blame for these decisions is City Manager Leon Towarnicki. He has brought forward to council many of these bad ideas which city residents are now paying for.

So what bad ideas are city residents paying for? AMP is not one of them. The cable flop would have been a worse mistake if it had gone through. One could argue, we got off cheap because the plan failed in court. Comcast (like all cable companies) is becoming nothing more than an internet provider. Fewer and fewer cable subscribers are subscribing to video services. The city has more MINET customers signing up than ever before. On this issue, the tide has certainly turned.

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Councilman Danny Turner said the proposed budget is out of balance by more than $500,000

I believe they all acknowledged a budget like this year's is not sustainable. The case for reversion is becoming stronger everyday. More folks are getting on-board with this reality every day.

Those of us committed to the future of our community resent the negativity of out-of-town, backseat quarterbacks. You're entitled to your opinion, but your constant criticism discredits you. One would think, with your years of comments here, you enjoy pointing your finger at others and relish in anything you think puts our community and the people who live here in a bad light.

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Martinsville City Council voted to give the city school system an additional $250,000 during their Tuesday night meeting. This is in addition to having to use $1.394 MILLION from the city reserve funds to balance the budget.

We have calculators too. I'm sure you're not pointing this out as if no one realized it before you pointed it out.

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What I found interesting was that Mayor Lawson stated their deal with Dr. Talley from the City's Schools was that if school enrollment numbers dropped the school system would have to do budget cuts to make up for the extra $250,000 they just got extra but Dr. Talley  stated there was no such agreement.

And if everyone was in complete agreement all the time, you would complain that they are not being transparent.
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Sports / Re: MLB 2019
« Last post by Superman on May 18, 2019, 10:02:58 AM »
For the first time this season the New York Yankees lead the AL East. Now at 27-16 on the season Yanks have won 22 of their last 30 games.  This with many of their star players on the injured list.
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Politics / AG Barr Investigating Origins of Russia Collusion Hoax
« Last post by Superman on May 18, 2019, 10:00:51 AM »
AG Bill Barr has appointed a U.S. Attorney  to investigate then origins of the great Russia Collusion Hoax. Reportedly the U.S. Attorney has already convened a Grand Jury and has been conducting an investigation for the past several weeks.

My bet is that criminal indictments will be come down against either Comey, Brennan, Clapper, McCabe or all of them and there could be others. We all know why Democrats in Congress are attacking Barr. Because they know what he is going to find.

The Big question is...How far up the chain did this go in the Obama Regime?  Were Obama and Biden involved?
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General Discussion / Re: New City Budget: More Reserves Used
« Last post by Superman on May 18, 2019, 09:52:56 AM »
Martinsville City Council voted to give the city school system an additional $250,000 during their Tuesday night meeting. This is in addition to having to use $1.394 MILLION from the city reserve funds to balance the budget.

What I found interesting was that Mayor Lawson stated their deal with Dr. Talley from the City's Schools was that if school enrollment numbers dropped the school system would have to do budget cuts to make up for the extra $250,000 they just got extra but Dr. Talley  stated there was no such agreement.

Who to believe in Martinsville anymore?
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Politics / Re: Mueller Report: Massive Collusion and Clear Obstruction of Justice
« Last post by Solon on May 17, 2019, 06:58:26 PM »
Despite the crush of daily news we should never lose sight of the facts. Trump and his entourage engaged in unethical, unpatriotic efforts to use Russian criminal activities to win the presidential election. When that was investigated, the president and his supporters engaged in clear obstruction of justice. A fair and unbiased Congress would impeach and remove Trump from office. Since that will not happen, he and Republicans who defend and support his violations of the Constitution, notably in obstructing the enumerated powers of Congress, must be removed from office at the ballot box.

Perhaps the most significant issue of all has yet to be investigated. To what degree is Trump's business interests dependent on foreign financial investment and is he in a position to be manipulated by foreign interests as a result? Moreover, is there evidence that he has acted against US interests to benefit his personal bottom line?

Don, Jr. stated in 2008 that Trump gets significant investment from Russia. We should know if that helps explain his subservience to Putin.
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Silver Screen / Re: What have you seen lately?
« Last post by Solon on May 17, 2019, 06:52:21 PM »
Went to watch Clint Eastwood's the Mule ... Very entertaining flick ... Based on a real story ... A few weak plot points, and much of the story could have been more in depth than it was, but Eastwood's presence ... even at 90 cannot be denied.
As always, a good movie keeps you thinking about it days afterward, and this one definitly has me doing that.

I was surprised at the sentimentality of a movie about a drug mule. His use of his ill gotten gains made him a sympathetic character.
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