Sunday Muddy Sunday

Plenty to blog about today given a few recent articles and goings-on.

First the fate of the demolition program seems uncertain given the budget gaps at the county level and given pushback from some of the county supervisors. Here is some of the pushback (from recordernews.com) :

Charleston town Supervisor Shayne Walters, meanwhile, has proposed taking the entire $300,000 and putting it back into the Public Works Department budget to make up for cuts he claims take needed services away from the towns and were made largely at the behest of supervisors from the city of Amsterdam, which uses few if any services from the county Public Works Department.

“They took $330,000 from public works, and I want it all back in there,” he said.

And here is what I wrote a few posts back:

I’m not following why we expect the county to pay for infrastructure in the city either from a policy point or from the political point. Why would other towns approve a direct infusion of money to the city other than to raise their own tax rates given the eroding fund balance.  I’m struck how some believe that the towns will blindly go along with directly aiding the city at their expense.

This perfectly illustrates a fatal flaw with shared services: the towns may not want to share and they may have no political or financial incentive to do so. So then what? Less than 2 weeks after an election with ‘shared services’ as the theme and already the concept is falling apart with one of the city’s key initiatives and priorities at risk. Not to say ‘I told you so’ but ‘told you so’.

Second, the Recorder covers the East End (here ) and (here) and (here). I’d be curious to see the voter turnout for the East End district as it may highlight how engaged or how relevant voters feel in the East End in the political process. Also it’s good to see a discussion of the low crime rate when in fact the local folklore  suggests that the East End is anything but safe. Sadly the East End has a long way to go as it’s typically viewed as just a few blocks to travel on your way somewhere else. But hey that is true for the entire downtown as that was how it was purposely designed. Until we think of our neighborhoods as destinations for living or commerce versus gateways or thoroughfares, it will only get worse.

For those who view demolition as the answer I’d encourage reading the articles above several times.

Third, Michael Lazarou rails against this blog and a poster, Michael Lazorro  (here). I’ve addressed anonymity of this blog and posters several times in prior posts so I’m not going to rehash old arguments. I’m surprised that parody and satire are not understood by a practitioner of the very same. Most importantly I never viewed the surname as the point of the parody; that clearly would have crossed the line.

I think Mr. Lazarou overstates the use of his tag line: “Until next time — hold that thought”. Of 45 posts by ‘Michael Lazorro’, the tag line was used once and even then it was after many posts by Michael Lazorro with no tag line whatsoever.

Also, Mr. Lazarou’s statement of: Actually blog sites are not as fashionable these days. Now we have other forms of Internet communication such as “Facebook” and “Twitter.” is not true on multiple levels. While Mr. Lazarou may view this blog like I view my cats’ litter box, blogs continue to thrive and flourish as much as he would like to see it otherwise.

I would accept Mr. Lazarou’s criticism of anonymity as sincere if he would similarly rail against anonymous radio callers, anonymous posters on other blogs and publishers who publish anonymous blogs with anonymous posts.

Several days ago I asked the poster Michael Lazorro to move on so I would like to move on as well.

I see my cat nearby so it reminds me that I have some unpleasant business to attend to.

Cheers

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