Friday, January 01, 2016

A New Year 2016

Today is the 10th anniversary of the Delmar Dustpan. For ten years I have written about a fairly small town (still it is the 23rd largest in Delaware) and thrown in my personal comments on everything.  I think I have shown a number of people you do not have to live in a metropolitan area to produce a blog.  Yes, I am going to continue the blog into 2016.  So if you don't like the blog why are still reading it?  As I look at an overcast day, but still warm for this time of year, I am backing up, deleting and editing my computer files from 2015.  I can only stress to everyone to routinely backup your files be them documents or photographs or videos and not just once a year.  Being New Years day also means it will be black eyed peas day in various forms.  I hope you will join me in 2016 in commenting on elections, politically correctness, the lack of common sense in the world today and Delmar.

4 comments:

Dale Stevens said...

When are you going to write about scrapple again?

Ray said...

Congratulations on your accomplishment Howard, I will continue reading your blog if you don't mind. Thank you and have a prosperous New Year.
Ray Wisniewski

7da522d8-b248-11e5-9129-13b78ef0511e said...

I am very sad at the prospect of the homeless shelter in Delmar. This would NOT IMPROVE the standard of living for the people who have invested in this neighborhood. And it will deter others from investing into this community. It already has. I will not/would not move my family or business to Delmar knowing this is even a prospect that is being considered. I do not want to try to establish a business that will have to deal w all the problems that come along w homeless shelters, be them veterans or not. And I do not want my family living near a shelter. One of the top reasons to move to Delmar was the prospect of living in a smaller town with an established neighborhood with people who take pride in their homes and community, but if that is going to involve a homeless shelter, then no. The integrity of Delmar will be compromised by the nuisances that shelters attract. Even though it is for veterans, do not be naive and expect that you will be living next to a home full of law abiding respectful and kind people. They are not going to care about YOU, YOUR HOME or PROPERTY or YOUR FAMILY. They will not care about you. These will be people on parole or probation. PEOPLE ON PAROLE THAT NEED TO BE MONITORED. People that need to be monitored are going to be living in your community. This is nothing more than a half-way house. I want to move AWAY from the problems that shelters collect. This isn't like a soup kitchen that opens for a few hours and then closes. This is open 24 hours, all day, all night. The problems these people have, they WILL share them ALL with you, AND with the expectation that YOU 1.just excuse their bad behavior or 2.help them to solve their problems for them. Shelters do not make for fun neighbors. All you need to do is look up the tax refunds of the group that is proposing this and it is stated EXACTLY as that, a half-way house. Why would this location be any different? The people who run this, where did they previously work? Were they respected? Leave on good terms? It is worth the little effort it takes to find out WHO runs this homeless shelter. HOW this shelter is run is also important. Who will be in charge of this shelter? Do some research, look at past positions held by the people who run this shelter. WHO and HOW this nonprofit operates should be VERY VERY important to the families who live nearby. What is it modeled on? It is not difficult to do this. Do this and come to your own conclusions. I would think that if you lived nearby you would NOT take it for granted that just because this is for veterans that it is, "a wonderful thing!". That would be foolish. Why would anyone assume that this shelter would care about the residents of Delmar? Your town needs to wake up and make some rules on this type of "residential" institution or they will start popping up on a regular basis and they are not pretty additions to a neighborhood. Look at the other sides of this, and you will discover that not all nonprofits are run by noble upstanding citizens who want what is best for your community.

swampcritter2 said...

Congrats Howard, You've lasted longer than most, including myself. I always enjoy reading your posts and especially enjoy it when I learn a little something. Unlike other blogs you don't go out of your way to start "pissing" contests. Stay with it as long as you enjoy it. I'll miss you when you hang it up, and may even buy you a cigar.