Wednesday September 28, 2016
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Political correctness and fear of being called racist.
It would be helpful if the Department of Home Security were made accountable when it comes to their handling of illegal immigrants and our overall security. The press reports that at least 858 illegal immigrants with deportation orders were mistakenly granted U.S. citizenship. The foreigners are from “special interest countries” of concern to national security, according to a federal audit that blasts the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The Homeland Security Department is granting as many citizenship applications it can to try to sway participation in this year's presidential election, an internal department document shows. This would seem to fall in line with Democrats and immigration groups drive to try and get eligible immigrants to become citizens in time to vote against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The kicker for me is eligible!
Kind of cheapens the whole experience of obtaining US Citizenship, at least it does for me. Please understand I love this country and am honored to be living here but why the double standards? Why weren't the authorities following their own rules with due diligence and caution as they did with me and most likely Lolly? I'm not trying to detract from the comments made by Tom and Ron but something is not right here.
Anytime a Government gets involved with funding and running Health Care Services I shudder. The UK National Health Service was cited by US Government higher ups as the kind of system that needed to be implemented in the US. It's in a terrible state and certainly nothing we should emulate.
Then of course there is the VA scandal happening right here at home and yet the powers to be continue to wear blinkers and tell us how wonderful the Affordable Care Act is. Check back in a few years from now and take a look at how much it is really costing us the tax payers in dollars, long waiting lists and restricted inferior health care.
From what I can tell the federal government allows three exceptions with regards to the Do Not Call list: nonprofits, market research firms and political campaigns. The FCC won't say why political robo-calls are allowed but it appears that politicians do not want to limit their own fundraising capabilities. Only 3-5 states passed laws to prohibit robo-calling !
As for the Siege of Sydney Street you have now peaked my interest, so thank you. The Scotts Guards were called in because the police weapons were vastly inferior to those being used by the criminals. Churchill was criticized for his presence as it was rumored that he took over command of the situation. Now I will have to read more about all this :-)
We need a political blackout on the phone! !
I know what you mean :-)
Due to personal circumstances I missed attending PSWID board meetings for some time. Since returning, my observations are that the current board continues to work on maintaining and improving the infrastructure, and making sensible decisions with how it is done and by whom. Fiscal responsibility and projects being handled and executed correctly is the name of the game. Likewise the contract with CH2M (water system management company) was renegotiated last year now with stated expectations and tougher measurable standards included. Some personnel left on their own accord and there is an advertised vacancy for a full time District Manager with utility experience. An RFQ was cut for an engineering company, and a new one was subsequently selected by the board for certain capital improvements. This is just a quick snap shot and many issues are solved and new projects are under way. I hope that the board members are not worn out, and that some people in our community will want to stand up for election in November. This board is to be commended for their professionalism and hard work in all matters that have come before them.
As for the sand and grit comment I know you were joking, but it’s my opinion that you are not too far off. Remember the 2010 big parting of the ways by the hired professionals along with the resignation of a PSWID board chairman, well qualified in water matters?
Let’s just say that according to well production reports the Strawberry Hollow Well and the Milk Ranch Well #1 appear to be off line more than on.
Tom I have some answers and my own opinions.
PSWID. The current rate structure is to encourage more conservation and increase revenue from the high volume users and commercial users. It stands to reason the more you use the more you pay.
The couple that bought land to use for orchards and cattle must have purchased the land from someone. Due diligence and research into Pine and Strawberry would have shown that water is a precious commodity throughout the Rim Country. Likewise if they went through a realtor they would not legally have had to have been told. Hard as it sounds you can’t rely on other people, you should research the area for yourself and I don’t just mean using a computer.
One of the goals of the current PSWID board is to pay off the system purchase loan by 2025, or we will have a balloon payment due for $2.8 million at that time. Refinancing is extremely expensive and I would not like to see the loan keep being extended out, or another million dollars or so paid out in additional interest. The extra tax increase is strictly going to the current loan payoff and a board motion was passed stipulating same. Let’s hope that following boards will stick with it. Can you imagine what we would have been paying if the plans by the previous board chairman Mr. Pugel et al had gone ahead with taking out another loan? If my memory serves me correctly the “place card” was for an additional capital improvement bond of $7.5 million presenting to us a FY 2013-14 budget of over $10.5 million.
In 2004 the first attempt by developers to have the communities of Pine and Strawberry buy the two water companies failed.
"The water system infrastructure has not been inventoried for repair, and at this time, the petitioners have no idea what it will cost to develop new water resources. How can we sign a petition that contains no estimates for the major purposes it advocates?"
Update. Associated Press 8/26/16
France's top court overturns burkini ban
France's top administrative court on Friday overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean beach resort, effectively meaning that towns can no longer issue bans on the swimsuits that have divided the country and brought world attention to its fraught relationship with Muslims.
Daily Express 8/16/2016
Beach brawl blamed on Burkini ban now blamed on Muslim men trying to claim beach
A VIOLENT flare-up linked to France’s burkini ban was today blamed on Muslim men who tried to ban locals from an area of beach.
Obviously a tense situation made worse by local officials.
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