Saturday, October 06, 2012

Obama and Bernanke Are Screwing Retired People

One of the items Democrats are pointing to as a success is the current Stock market.  The Federal reserve has dumped everything it can into propping up the US Stock Market.  Stocks are up but what is low? - interest rates.  I would prefer to see the Stock Market up and interest rates in the 5% plus range instead the local banks are giving you is less than a quarter of a percent on a Certificate of Deposit.  Inflation is 5 to 8% (Don't believe the government - they lie on the inflation rate) so you are losing money if you keep it in the bank.  Take my suggestion withdraw it and buried it in a hole in the backyard, at least the bank won't be able to enjoy your money while thumbing their nose at you with a quarter of a percent interest.  Put them out of business - It looks like Country Bank in Laurel is going that way. 

Anyway back to the stock market.  You can certainly pick "safe" stocks to put your money in and get a 5% return in dividends but the trouble with the stock market is the volatility of the market.  If you have $5,000 in a bank when you go to draw it out you will have at least $5,000 plus interest.  If you have $5,000 in the stock market and go to draw it out you may get $4,500 to $5,500 you don't know and you don't always have the option of picking the time to sell "high".  It has been my experience when you need the money and go to sell stock the market will always be down. 

Certainly if I was in my Forties I might think what is going on would be great as you could afford to borrow money and buy stock or borrow money and buy a house etc.  but as a retiree I need to rely on safe, conservative financial options that provide an income stream or protect my money for when I need to become liquid in an instant.  The stock market is part of that investment plan however Certificates of Deposits for a retiree is even a higher part of the investment plan. 

Who does this Federal Government propped up of the stock market help the most - it certainly isn't me with less than $10,000 in it.  It is the CEO's with stock options and  those large corporations the Federal Government bailed out with my money.

I, like millions of others, have tried to do what I felt was right during my life time.  I tried to keep a job, I saved when ever possible, I tried to set an example to my children, I didn't steal from my employer, but yet the Federal government, The state of Delaware and the Delmar government just keeps spending money and maintaining a debt that is just unbelievable.  The Federal reserve near zero interest rate policy is just a tax on people who save and retirees.  Obama is counting on people who save and "do the right thing" as being responsible people and will not create a riot.  The good thing about responsible people are; they vote and maybe we will get his ass out of office this time. 


"Americans who have done everything right, have worked hard, saved their money and stayed out of debt are the ones being punished by low interest rates," says Richard Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and a voting member of the Fed's policy-making open market committee. "That state of affairs is not sustainable for a long period of time."

Retirees spend a lot of money on "non-essential items" items, but with the zero-interest rates I  and others like me have cut back on a number of those items.  Every time I go into savings to make up the difference in the food and gasoline bills I spend less on or don't even consider dining out, buying another car, or taking a vacation.  The government may have meant for lower interest rates to stimulate growth but for the retiree section of the population, it does not feel safe to spend the cash they have on hand.

So are you better off today than you were four years ago?  Hell No.

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Gov. Markell Continues To Tell You what To Do

Delaware parents better think twice before they spank their children. A new bill passed earlier this month redefines the term “physical injury” in the child abuse and neglect laws to broadly mean "any impairment of physical condition or pain."
The controversial Bill 234, sponsored by Delaware's Senate Majority Leader Patricia Blevins and passed by Governor Jack Markell, created three levels of child abuse.
Under the new legislation, the first and second degrees are considered felonies, and penalties increase if the victim is under four years old or suffers from developmental disabilities.
Parents who cause pain to a child under the age of 18 would be charged with a class A misdemeanor and serve up to one year in prison. A parent who causes physical injury to a child under the age of three would be charged with a class G felony and subjected to two years in prison.
The vagueness of the definition of "physical injury" has many Delaware parents nervous that it grants the government too much freedom to interpret the law as it sees fit. The law has ignited a debate over the state's rights to interfere in personal parenting choices.
Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden and proponent of the legislation, claims that taking away parental rights isn't the aim of the law. He told WDEL News Talk Radio;
This will not do anything to interfere with a parent's right or ability to parent as they see fit, but it also makes it clear that if you abuse a child in any way, shape, or form, we're going to have a statute that we're going to be able to use to protect kids.
Officials say the law will help prosecutors win cases involving babies, toddlers and disabled children who are unable to describe what happened to them.
Many skeptics question why the bill didn't include a clause to protect parents who choose spank their children. Patricia Dailey-Lewis, of the Attorney General's Office, told Delaware WBOC news that it's a complicated issue.
If we said it's okay to spank your child, and then we have a child who ends up dead from spanking, well, gee, we didn't mean that, we didn't mean kill. We didn't mean break their arm. It's such a vague area.
Despite the insistence from lawmakers, the law has come under fire from The Home School Legal Defense Association, along with the Delaware Home Education Association and the Delaware Family Policy. They claim the bill is “a violation of the right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children, including the long-recognized right to administer reasonable corporal discipline.”
In response to the backlash, Lewis claims the Attorney General's Office will create an ad campaign to inform the public of what is reasonable discipline and what is not.
"I believe that people understand in their heart the difference between abuse and discipline," she said.
Do you think that Bill 234 gives the state too much control over parental rights? Do you think that spanking is an effective form of discilpine or do you think that it should be banned? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.
From Patch Opinion

DNREC Press Release

Special waterfowl and deer hunting days

for youth, disabled hunters announced

DOVER (Oct. 5, 2012) – To promote and provide additional hunting opportunities, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated three upcoming Saturdays as special waterfowl and deer hunting days for youth hunters ages 10 to 15 and non-ambulatory disabled hunters on both public and private lands statewide.

Mark your calendars for these dates:

  • Saturday, Oct. 13Waterfowl hunting day for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters
  • Saturday, Nov. 3Deer hunting day for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters
  • Saturday, Dec. 8Second waterfowl hunting day for youth and non-ambulatory disabled hunters

“These special days are an excellent opportunity for experienced adult hunters to share their knowledge and experience with the next generation, thereby continuing one of Delaware’s great conservation and outdoor recreation traditions,” said David Saveikis, DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Director. “Hunting is an exciting outdoor activity for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.”
Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed or exempt adult hunter age 21 or older. Young hunters must be of sufficient physical size and strength to safely handle a firearm, and may also hunt on regular season days, accompanied by an adult. Youth hunters age 13 to 15 must have completed a hunter education course, possess a certification card and purchase a Delaware junior hunting license. Licenses can be purchased from the Fish and Wildlife licensing desk at DNREC’s main office in Dover, from license dealers throughout the state, or online at http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Services/Pages/Licenses.aspx. To promote youth hunting, the Division is waiving waterfowl and deer blind or stand fees for youth hunting on state wildlife areas on youth hunting days.

For waterfowl hunting, normal limits and duck hunting regulations apply. Standard daily duck bag limits applywith hunters also permitted to harvest snow geese and two Canada geese. No state or federal stamps are required. On state wildlife areas, a lottery drawing for waterfowl blinds will be held 1.5 hours before legal shooting time, except for Little Creek Wildlife Management Area which holds its drawing two hours before legal shooting time. Hunters should plan to arrive two hours before legal shooting time to sign up for the lottery. Hunters should check each wildlife area’s rules before hunting.
For deer hunting, normal bag limits and regulations apply, and all deer taken must be registered. On state wildlife areas that require a lottery drawing for available deer stands, the drawing will be held 1.5 hours before legal shooting time. Participating hunters should plan to arrive in time to sign up before the drawing. Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge also will hold a lottery for any unfilled stands at the refuge and nearby Woodland Beach Wildlife Area. Hunters should plan to arrive two hours before legal shooting time to sign up for the lottery. Hunters should check each wildlife area’s rules before hunting.
For more information, check the 2012-2013 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, available at hunting license dealers statewide or online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw.
Specialized blinds/stands and hunting locations as well as special hunting permits also are available for disabled hunters. For more information, call 302-739-9912.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife also would like to remind hunters to take their cameras, as youth hunting days are a great opportunity for taking photos to be entered in the Division’s annual Delaware Hunting Photo Contest. The contest is seeking
photos of young Delaware hunters, with the winner to be published in next year’s Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. Deadline for contest entries is Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Information and entry forms are available on the Division’s website at FW photo_contest, the Fish and Wildlife Facebook page (search Delaware Fish & Wildlife) or requested by calling Amanda Belford at 302-739-9911, or email amanda.belford@state.de.us.
 
This project is part of Delaware’s Children in Nature Initiative, a statewide effort to improve environmental literacy in Delaware, create opportunities for children to participate in enriching outdoor experiences, combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles. Delaware’s multi-agency initiative, which partners state and federal agencies with community organizations, is part of the national No Child Left Inside program.

DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Press Release

Delaware Files Action to Protect Citizens From Out-of-State Air Pollution


WILMINGTON (Oct. 5, 2012) – Attorney General Beau Biden and Governor Jack Markell announced today that Delaware, eight other states, and several major cities have challenged a federal appeals court decision striking down federal rules that would have significantly reduced air pollution in the First State.

“The quality of the air Delawareans breathe should not depend on whether other states will do what it takes to substantially reduce air pollution,” Attorney General Biden said. “The EPA’s rule will ensure that tons of pollutants are eliminated every year and kept out of Delaware’s air.”

“The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule could reduce emissions from power plants in upwind states that contribute more than 90 percent of the air pollution that Delawareans breathe,” said Governor Markell. “We are grateful to Administrator Jackson for her efforts to use the Clean Air Act to reduce the thousands of tons of air pollution coming into our state. The State of Delaware stands together with the EPA and several other eastern states in asking the entire D.C. Circuit Court to consider this important decision that affects the air millions of Americans breathe every day.”

On August 21, 2012, a three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia court struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) that required significant reductions in airborne pollutants emitted by 27 states. The EPA had determined that air pollution from these states, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania, contribute significantly to downwind states' inability to comply with federal air quality standards. The CSAPR, promulgated in 2011, required those states to undertake significant efforts to reduce nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, precursor pollutants of ozone and other fine particulates beginning January 1, 2012. Last year Kansas challenged the Rule in the U.S. Court of Appeals, and Delaware intervened with other states in support of the air pollution standards.

Today EPA filed an appeal of the August 12 decision and Delaware’s subsequent petition supports that appeal, seeking a re-hearing of the case before the entire US Appeals Court for the District of Columbia.

"Delaware is a national leader is reducing air pollution. We have already cleaned up all of our local power plants and industrial facilities, yet uncontrolled pollution from upwind states continue to impact the health of all Delawareans,” DNREC Secretary Collin P. O’Mara said. “While the earlier Circuit Court’s decision if upheld would delay progress, the en banc petitions of EPA and Delaware present hope that all Delawareans will be able to breathe easier. We thank Administrator Jackson, Governor Markell, and Attorney General Biden for their strong support of clean air.”

Friday, October 05, 2012

2012 Declared Write-In Candidates

You may write-in the name of any person whose name is not on the ballot.
Delaware, however, only counts the votes for a person who has declared
himself/herself a write-in candidate. The list below is of those persons who
have declared themselves write-in candidates.

President and Vice President of the United States
Paul Chehade and Steve McAllister


Will Christensen
Richard Duncan
Stephen Durham and Christina Lopez

 
Virgil Goode
Tom Hoefling
Darrell Hykes
Nelson Keyton
Dennis J. Knill
Dean Morstad
Leon Ray
Jill Reed and Tom Cary

Platt Robertson
Rick L. Rogers  

Marilyn Jean Downs


United States Senator
Richard Thomas Ruzicka

Governor
David C. Graham

19th
Senate District

Brian G. Pettyjohn

 

Good Job Gov. Markell!!

A report by a non-profit, non-partisan public policy research organization indicates Delaware has the 10th highest per-capita debt in the nation.
State Budget Solutions' third annual State Debt Report shows that The First State has $14.5 billion in debt, or about $16,012 for every man, woman and child in the state.

Alaska ($31,141), New Jersey ($29,252) and Hawaii ($29,062) took the top three spots.

Overall, state governments face a formidable collective debt load of more than $4 trillion, or about $13,425 per American citizen or $37,486 for every private sector worker in the nation.

The report notes that private sector workers are at increased risk "as they are the ultimate tax base for reducing state debt."

The report also has something to say for those who try to explain Delaware's Top Ten ranking as a function of population: "Small population is not necessarily an indicator of the size of debt per capita or private sector employee. Nebraska, Idaho, South Dakota, North Dakota, Arkansas, Utah, Vermont, and Kansas are all states within the bottom twenty of both state debt per capita and per private sector employee. Each is also among the twenty lowest populated states

Delaware State House Minority Leader Greg Lavelle, R-Sharpley, noted that the recent growth of state spending is unsustainable without higher taxes or more borrowing. "Delaware's current operating budget is nearly a half-billion dollars higher than it was just three years ago (FY 2010)," he said. "That's an increase of more than 16-percent."
Legislation that Rep. Lavelle sponsored -- House Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 258 -- sought to require that 25-percent of the money Delaware collects from escheat (abandoned property including stock, bank accounts and other assets) be used solely for paying off the state's debt. The measure was defeated on a voice vote in the House in June.

From the Delaware House of Representatives Email/Newsletter.
For more on this go here;
http://www.statebudgetsolutions.org/publications/detail/state-debt-more-than-37000-per-private-worker-13000-per-capita

It is a shame but Delmar Delaware is following the State and National example and borrowing more and more.  I think at this time the town may be at it's highest debt since the original Waste Water Treatment Plant construction back in the 1980's.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

The First Debate - Boring

Did you ever have to make up your mind?
Pick up on one and leave the other one behind
It's not often easy, and not often kind
Did you ever have to make up your mind?

Did you ever have to finally decide?
Say yes to one and let the other one ride

A little lovin' Spoonful to help you make up your mind


It would be hard to believe the debate last night changed any one's mind on anything.  I can't believe all these high paid analyzers pointing out facial expressions, body language and what the two people said to make a decision.  Both have records to look at and frankly neither one's record is too hot.  Much like most of the people running in state and county elections I don't see which every one wins is going to help me out much.  Just business as usual.

Make Oct 15th a Save The Date


Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Delmarva African American Historical & Genealogical Society

A new History and Genealogical Society has started up.  It is called the Delmarva African American Historical & Genealogical Society.  It will have a meeting on Saturday October 6th at 9:30 AM at the university of Maryland Eastern Shore Student Service Center.

Kimberly Conway Dumpson is hosting the first meeting, at UMES.  She is Director of Alumni Affairs and Planned Giving at UMES

Feel free to contact Linda Duyer for more information at 443-366-2451 or at lindaduyer1@yahoo.com.



American Justice

On Oct. 3, 1995, former NFL running back O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman at her home the previous June. The verdict divided many Americans along racial lines, with African-Americans celebrating the acquittal and whites tending to believe Simpson was guilty.

Maryland Question 7

Big money is at work trying to convince Marylanders to vote yes for Question 7 this year.   Question 7 says voters will determine if the state should add a sixth casino (to be located in Prince George’s County), allow table games like poker at all sites and increase the permitted number of slot machines in Maryland from 15,000 to 16,500. If voters in Prince George’s County reject the measure, the additional casino would not be built, but the other two parts of the law would go forward.

The TV ads are saying more jobs and more money for schools if question 7 passes.  Wow! who can fight that, I think Maryland should legalize Prostitution also, since most of their elected officials are whores.  

“As I have said before, Question 7 is not about gaming and casinos in Prince George’s County. It is about creating jobs and revenue for the State of Maryland,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “Failure to pass Question 7 would mean that we would be saying no to new revenue sources that will protect our investments in critical areas like public education. And failure to pass Question 7 would mean that we would be saying no to increased economic development and jobs.
Having lived in Maryland when the state lottery was voted on in 1972, the big advertising push for it was the money would go to the schools - today 40 years later the State of Maryland spends Lottery money on every whim they want to spend it on and they still dangle the school scheme out in front of voters so they can have more gaming.  I can assure you people if Question 7 is passed in ten years time once again Maryland will have no idea where the promised school money is going.

See what Delegate John Cluster 8th Legislative District Baltimore County has to say http://perryhall.patch.com/blog_posts/del-cluster-question-7-on-the-november-ballot-gambling


Interesting, I put "Vote No Question 7" in to the google search engine and the first hit that popped up was "Vote For Question 7" a site that gives the positive on voting yes for Question 7; shows how well Google works anymore with their sponsored (paid) links.

Vote For Pedro

Hell he is as good as the two we have running for President

Weightlifting Wednesday


Anyone Can Become President

"When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm beginning to believe it."
Clarence Darrow
US defense lawyer (1857 - 1938)

Porkpocalypse - Are We Looking At A Scrapple Shortage

The USDA says pork supply will drop to the lowest level in more than 25 years. Drought conditions in the United States destroyed corn and soybean crops and that affected feed. Canada (a major wheat exporter) had heavy damage to it's wheat crop due to intense rains.   Farmers reduced their herds to avoid paying more to feed their pigs, in turn some people are predicating higher prices for bacon in the future and possibly even bacon shortages.   People, this could even effect the supply of Scrapple.

Are you better off today compared to four years ago?  The cost of a pound of Bacon at WalMart has doubled in the last four years.

In the U.S., the widespread summer drought this year has devastated corn and other feed crops, leading pig farmers to slaughter their herds early.  That, in turn, has temporarily boosted pork supplies in the U.S, but the record slaughter of pigs in the U.S. this year means farmers will have smaller herds next year and will bring fewer pork products to the marker.

Altho the Nation could do without most of the political pork that congress passes out I do think it is time to call on President Obama to Open the Strategic Bacon Reserve (SBR).

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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Banned Book Week 2012

Yes it is that time of the year again - Sept 30 to Oct 6 is Banned Book Week.  It’s ironic that Banned Books Week, a celebration of our freedom to read sponsored by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors, to name just a few of the organizations involved, is celebrated even tho every day as individuals we lose more and more personal freedoms, removed from us by a government that lives in fear that it's populous will raise up against it and in the name of outside terrorist they put and more restrictions on us.

Oh well the subject is Banned Book Week.  Libraries have always banned certain books they feel the town or parents would not approve of.  Some of those in 2011 have been;

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  8. What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
    Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language; racism
In 2012 we are looking at 50 Shades of Gray being banned a number of places,


 

Monday, October 01, 2012

A New Low For Delmar Delaware

Today in a general election for a Delmar Delaware Mayor and two Councilpeople, 40 citizens from Delmar Delaware went across the state line into Maryland and voted.  Good for those 40, shame on the several hundred who did not vote.  I understand Robert Thompson received 37 votes, William Boyan received 16 and Alan Littleton received 27 votes.  This has to be the lowest number of voters in a general election since I have been in Delmar.

In the special Joint Council meeting at 7:30 after the election Mayor Houlihan tried to put a positive spin on by saying the number of voters were an improvement over the 35 who voted in the loan approval election last week.  WTF?

In the special Joint Council meeting the Delaware side approved the $400,00 loan and will sign papers for 30 years at 6% with the bank of Delmarva.

Woody Payne and Stephanie Ring were missing from this meeting.

Next they approved the bid of Terra development for $959,990 to renovate the old town hall for a police station.  In the next following two minutes they approved an amendment to the bid, increasing it to $965,550.  Does this come as a surprise?

Happy Birthday Jimmy Carter



Of note he shares a birthday with Bonnie Elizabeth Parker who helped create a hell of a gun sale recently.

Are You Better Off?

Frank Calio's newspaper article in the Laurel Star a couple of weeks ago was a piece on "Are You Better Off Today compared to Four years ago."  Naturally he says we are better off today than four years ago.  Obviously Frank lives in a different world than I do.

One item he mentioned was not hearing news of massive layoffs; the next day the local TV stations again revisited the Vlasic pickle Plant in Millsboro and talked of the 200 people that would become unemployed starting at the end of September.  Gosh Wal-Mart is hiring seasonal part-timers - those 15 hours a week Wal-mart works part-timers should allow them to feed their families or maybe Gov. Markell will offer some out-of-the-state company his $6,000 per-job-offer-upfront-before-you- hire- anyone he gives all the other losers companies he drag into the state.  Maybe the people of Delaware will even get a treat of having our electric bill go up by him adding a another tax to it to pay these losers.
 
Pinnacle Foods, that owns Vlasic Pickles along with another 15 or 20 brands, say they were consolidating the Millsboro plant with it's Imlay City, Mich. Plant.  So Vlasic is returning to the area where Joe Vlasic started his glass-packed pickle business in 1942 and became a pickle baron.  Vlasic pickle was sold to Campbells in 1978 and is now owned by Pinnacle Foods.  As I recall they got tax incentives back in the 1970's to come here. 

Another item was "Families are moving into houses." implying that homes are selling again.  Look around - do you see much action on the home sales.  If anything sold in Delmar half of Delmar would rush out and put their home back on the market for sale.  Those house that are selling are bank foreclosed properties that the banks have held for four or more years that they have reduced greatly and are taking the lose on them.  I think the Federal Government is guaranteeing them they will cover the lost.

Another item; Construction is picking back up.  The concept of construction being the key element of a recovery dates back to the WPA projects in the 1930's.  Construction as a recovery stimulus is a  Ponzi scheme,  once a construction project is done, you need another construction project to keep people working.  As unemployed people rush to become construction workers now you have to find even more construction projects to keep them employed.  This is where the residing President hopes he ends his second four year term and can pass the buck to the sucker who comes into office after him.  Construction is but one leg of job creation, you need manufacturing and you need agriculture, I have never understood why our government leaders do not see this as they are selling the last two out.  I do understand the concept of government funded construction projects as it ensures votes for the residing politicians.  People will say the WPA projects worked and were successful but what save the country and Roosevelt was the upcoming World War II and the build up in Manufacturing we did to supply other countries in their war against Hitler.  You can say Hitler saved Franklin D's ass as President.

I give President Obama credit he has done some things in his four years, but simply put; He just has not done enough.

I find there are three kinds of people who screw you over and this can certainly apply to politicians.

 First are those people that flat out say they plan to screw you over.

Second are those people that say they are going to help you but then double-cross you and screw you over.
 
Third are those people that say they are going to help you but are so incompetent they end up screwing you and themselves over.


 

Time For The Fall Clothes


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Monday October1st Delmar Delaware Has An Election



Tomorrow the town of Delmar, Delaware will elect a Mayor and two councilpeople.  It promises to be a boring affair with a low turnout. 

Our current Mayor Mike Houilhan is running unopposed which is good and bad.  He happens to be a decent person but running unopposed he will never know if this is a great show of confidence in him or just another case of Delmar apathy and the people in town just have no interest in running the town.

There are three people running for two councilman positions.  One is Robert Thompson, who is going for a second term as a councilman.  A second person; William Boyan, a member of Delmar Planning and Zoning is running for one of the positions.  According to the Laurel Star Boyan is in favor of growth and job creation.  He is following a natural progression by having some town experience under his belt with P&Z.  Alan Littleton, the third person, a member of the fire department the same as Robert Thompson,  is also running but I have no idea what position he is taking. 

Rob Thompson is the only one to talk about working within a budget which the town will certainly need with the addition of the loan obligation for the Police station renovations.  Of Course, Houlihan and Thompson are two of the elected officials who wanted this improvement and the loan, so good luck with that budget issue.  I have seen no advertising or campaigning from any of these people so you might as well flip a coin to decide which one you want to vote for or base it on whom you are related too. 

As usual you will have to go out of state to vote in this Delaware election.   I think the voting hours are 7 AM to 7 PM at town hall. 
 
There will be a special council meeting after the election at 7:30 in town hall to award the renovation contract for the Police building to Chris Walter of Terra Development. 
 
 
 
 
 

 

"Are you better off than you were four years ago?"

"Are you better off than you were four years ago?"

I purchased 22 short ammo at Gander Mountain two weeks ago and the price was more than double  compared to four years ago.