Wednesday March 4, 2015
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Yes, it is one big mess. I hope PSWID is smart enough to not make it messier. I hope they say, "No, thanks" to the latest proposal.
Thanks, Pam, and thanks again. You certainly gave us a lot of material to review and digest. I especially appreciate the citing of easily obtained documents as it removes the "he said, she said" aspect of some water discussions. I hope the new board is fully apprised of all of the issues. They sure do have a big, time consuming job as board members.
And someone had the nerve to call you Pat Scrooge! Just goes to show how wrong they were!! :-)
While Ron's comment was "well said," there are some problems that we humans bring to the table: once we are "taken" it is difficult to forgive and forget. Do we forgive, but not forget?
An amusing "attention getter" I once heard in a homily comes to mind. It is not directly related to the issue being discussed, but brings to mind another one of those eternal human problems.
A snake once complained to God, "I have no friends. No one will talk to me, play with me or have lunch with me."
God replied, "Well, Mr. Snake if you stopped biting, you might get some friends.
The snake went around several days without biting, and then he returned to God and said, "Now that I am not biting, everyone is kicking me, stomping on me and just plain being mean to me."
God replied, "I told you to stop biting, not to stop hissing."
So goes the eternal problem --
Ron, well said. "My act of giving was appropriate regardless of their actions afterwards. They have to deal with that."
Tom, I am confused about something. (Well, many more than "something.") Anyway didFumusa at one time offer to sell the water company to PSWID? If he did, what was he asking for the water company? And If he did how long ago did he make the offer?
Tom, this comment doesn't answer your question, but I will make it anyway. PSWD already has a very large debt. I do not believe they should spend any more money purchasing wells from Fumusa and helping him drill a well for his subdivision. I believe that the only additional debt PSWID should assume (if unavoidable) is for repair and replacement of its current infrastructure. I also believe that future growth should pay for itself. Current PSWID water users and taxpayers have already experienced significant tax increases and water rate increases.
I guess I would ask how will PSWID and PSWID water users and taxpayers benefit from this expenditure? Will the money spent bring in worthwhile benefit to PSWID and PSWID water users and taxpayers? There are many other questions, too.
PSWID is already strapped with a large debt. I personally feel they should not take on another half million in debt in order to serve future growth. I believe any borrowing, if absolutely necessary, should got to repair the exising infrastructure. Future growth should pay for the additions to the system.
Tom, do you include "private" parochial (Catholic) schools in your disregard of private education? I ask because the kids in inner city parochial schools in Chicago actually did much better than their counterparts in their sister public schools. Of course these "private" schools had some advantages such as: they probably attracted the children of parents who took an interest in their education; the "private" parochial schools could also rid themselves of the ingrained troublesome non-students; the "private" schools could require parents to support the school by volunteering in various ways. By the way, those parochial (Catholic) schools did not turn away children because of religion.
Glad it didn't take the 2 weeks that I predicted on another thread. :-)
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