“To oppose corruption in government is the highest obligation of patriotism.”
Submitted by Name: voter
Comments: Jan (or Damon) can't have JCIDC if the council votes NO!!! We must elect a council that serves the public and doesn't kowtow the the mayor, whoever that may be. The council needs to control the money and not give the mayor millions to squander as the present council and mayor has done. The council turns a blind eye to the mayor's contracts for donation schemes. Other than his closed-door council buddies, the council has no idea what the mayor wastes money on.........such as over $100,000 for Mike Flint. Flint is nothing more than an opportunist, he brings nothing to the table, except perhaps some nice campaign donations to Damon.
Added: October 5, 2015 07:16:44 PM
Submitted by Name: JB
Comments: It really makes no difference in which candidate is elected for mayor.
If you want our city back we have to elect a common sense council who has integrity.
If we thrown out what we now have and replace with people like Henry, Moon, Branigan, Morgan, Dattillo, and Mann. Maybe these people could control a runaway mayor.
But, then again if you support the crooks like MIDCOR the local honest banker, the city purchasing an over priced 53 acre contaminated worthless piece of dirt($650K), your tax dollars spent on worthless projects to provide money for friends -- just keep the "status quo" !
Added: October 5, 2015 06:12:47 PM
Submitted by Name: Note on Jan V
Comments: Johnny, you do know that Jan V headed up Midcor at one time and said she didn't want JCIDC to go away because then Nathan Hadley wouldn't have a job. You really think she's going to go against the JCIDC folks that keep wages low? Look at the history.
Added: October 5, 2015 04:31:30 PM
Submitted by Name: Jonnydogood From: Madison
Comments: At least Jan V. named good paying jobs as a priority. Being a member of the industrial development group, Damon mentions nothing about improving the standard of living in this town. Anybody who votes for him must really not care if their kids and grandchildren live in poverty.
Added: October 5, 2015 03:42:47 PM
Submitted by Name: Watchdog
Comments: Looks like Andrew Forrester is sharing election material about voting for Damon on Facebook during work hours. I don't know about you, but I sure don't want my tax dollars funding Damon's political efforts. Shame on them. City hall isn't your election HQ and no political activity should be taking place on the taxpayer clock.
Added: October 5, 2015 12:47:55 PM
Submitted by Name: Cancelled Meeting
Comments: Wonder if the Plan Commission postponement had anything to do with the candidate forum tonite? Isn't Berry and Henderson on the Plan Commission or am I wrong? If it's correct..I guess taking care of citizens' business in a timely fashion isn't that important.
Added: October 5, 2015 12:14:04 PM
Submitted by Name: MCS Fails
Comments: Went to the US News rating for Madison Consolidated Schools
English Proficiency 61% Algebra " 43% College Readiness 19%
Graduation Rate 88% Ranking in State 188th
This after the new, now old, superintendent and school board made their sweeping changes. It was only two years ago that their claimed graduation rate was about 95%. This is what happens when you have a glorified janitor and superintendent with no real experience in charge of our school. Fire teachers who don't kiss arse, make the administration top heavy with non educators and tear down buildings instead of keeping good teachers and hiring more teachers. And let us not forget a couple of years ago when Berry brought the snake oil salesman to a city council meeting and PROMISED a higher graduation rate if the city would just bring in his highly paid motivational speaker. Well, Berry got his speaker.
Added: October 5, 2015 11:02:29 AM
Submitted by Name: $670K
Comments: The cowards are going to wait until after the election to approve buying the 53 acres from Hunt/SuperATV.
Added: October 5, 2015 09:54:34 AM
Submitted by Name: Larry Henry
Comments: The Madison Plan Commission meeting for tonite Monday October 5 has been postponed until October 15, 2015 at 6PM.
The Redevelopment Commission (TIF Board) meeting scheduled for Tuesday October 6 has been cancelled. No date for future meeting has been posted.
Added: October 5, 2015 09:12:19 AM
Submitted by Name: Unintended Consequences
Comments: Of course there are exceptions; but for the most part there is a strong correlation between education, poverty, low or no wages, welfare, poor health, drugs and family life. Anyone who votes to give money to JCIDC to block competition and good jobs is taking from the poor and giving to the rich is a * * *. Anyone who votes for tax abatements is taking money from the schools. Anyone who votes to buy 53 unneeded polluted acres from a rich person is taking money from neighborhoods. Anyone who votes to tear down school building instead of hiring teachers is harming education. Anyone who votes for Historic Preservationists or Main Street Directors is wasting everyone's tax dollars to enhance their egos. Anyone who paves alleys for outside bars is adding to the problem. Anyone who puts a bust in a vacant lot on Walnut street instead of aiding the residents is a bigot of a different kind. Most of us may be Christians or believe in * * *, but a two day revival will not solve our drug problem. One does not have to be a socialist to believe in fairness. There needs to be a balance, industry is not going anywhere, our beautiful homes are not going to fall into disrepair. Please vote these fools out of office, we need a fresh start be it Republican, Democrat, or Independent -just folks who love Madison and Jefferson County more than a few dollars.