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Happy Thanksgiving to all !!!!!

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Have a safe and joyous holiday. Special wishes to my wonderful pal JB. I hope you share some bird with Bubba and Brewski.

Added: November 27, 2014
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Public Notice in the local rag that the Hysterical Board will be having "Educational Training" on Tuesday at 5:30.

Wow, you mean they might NOT know it all?? That can't be!!! Then again, maybe they should be educated that no one elected them, no one put them in as emperors of everything downtown and that they need to either pay for the "historic" improvements themselves they force on people who are just trying to fix their house/business or shut the heck up!


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Why even have a City Council is my question ?? The Mayor runs the DAMM show. He cuts backdoor deals, and there are deals the Council knows nothing about for example the Walnut St Park. 95% of all the city councilmen/women are in his hip pocket anyway. Pete maybe trying to climb out but it appears Mindy is already headed deep down in. To the taxpayers of this City/County, WAKE UP - we are the laughing stock as we ( wholly keep voting these dumbshitts in office ).

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As reported..* * * Jones last night told Commissioners that the Mayor had approved and the City Council had voted at some point in time to give $30,000 to the Walnut Street Initiative. A response from McGee saying she knows of no such vote. There is a meeting of the Finance Committee however set for December 4th where they were to discuss creating a City fund for the Walnut Street Initiative where donations..etc should go.
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At County Commissioners tonite, City Councilman D**k Jones was back for a litte more info on the Walnut Street Initiative. He felt that when they did a presentation to Commissioners 11 days ago, there was some concern about the City being onboard. He said he couldn't say anything then since the Mayor had not made a formal announcement but now has been given the green light and the City will be contributing $30,000 to the Walnut Street Initiative. Jones said that Council had already approved the amount and it was in the budget.

Admin reply: As damon says 30K is just a drop in the bucket...


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I want to give my opinion on our local economy, namely the training for skilled construction trades and the Vision Quest issue.
I feel our high schools should fully realize that every student is not College bound for one reason or another. The need for training for careers in industrial construction are needed at a high level.
In my experience I know non-college educated workers were making $2,280(some a little less) for a sixty hour week a few years ago, here locally. That would be journeymen pay of $27.00/hr.(safety bonus included) with $65.00/day per diem. And folks, many people from south of the border with no high school education who were employed as carpenters, concrete finishers, welders etc. were making this kind of money here working at local non-union power plants. We need training one way or another for people who want those jobs, but be prepared to pack your bags. As mentioned on here, don't expect that good of pay here locally. After all, this is Madison, Indiana, where half of the work force work for sub par wages and weekly survival is just a way of life.
I see the Vision Quest people still don't want to acknowledge the struggles of many that just get by in good ole Madison. After rent, high food prices, utility bills, a buy here-pay here car payment, and all of the fininancial surprizes that pop up, most of our citizens can't afford to go see the arts as indicated by the Vision Quest people. With out mentioning higher wages, Vision Quest is just that............a quest. Just my opinion.


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Once again, all I see industry leaders doing is sitting back and enjoying the benefits of someone else's idea and commitment. Please don't confuse the TIF funding as industry input because it is not. They may have an unfortunate advantage as to where these monies are spent but that is due to the fact that we allow this type of thievery to happen.TIF funds are OUR tax dollars.

If the industry leaders would like to make a sincere contribution to this technological program it is pure and simple; increase your wages. How long are we going to * * * this economic development pill and hope for a miracle cure? Economic development is a catch phrase used only to give the appearance of prosperity. If you want to measure economic development and economic growth in an area you need only look at the level of wages. Are they increasing ? Are they staying the same ? Are they decreasing ?

Our business friendly state of Indiana has seen fit to give tax breaks, tax incentives and everything else under the sun to attract and retain businesses in Indiana. It is nothing more than a race to the bottom because all these incentives do is rob other government entities of funds and shift the shortfalls of revenue to the other taxpayers. We may have voted to cap our property taxes, but where are we to make up the cuts experienced by schools, police, firemen, libraries and others? Thats right, WE MAKE IT UP!! Our industries get to see the increase in profits while we foot the bill. I think it's either time for them to pay up or get the hell out of town. JMO


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This Christmas I'm asking Santa for a brand, new smart Democrat complete with accessories like honesty, public speaking skills, the ability to keep to a promise and play with everyone. I'd also like to get the super pack attachment that includes big intelligence and a broad base of knowledge when it comes to budgeting, spending and employee oversight. It'll come in handy when firing Andrew, Cook and Johnson.

Its probably too much to wish for but I would like to get the entire new Democrat mayor set which includes a special voice program that says no to the old guard people who want tax payers to fund their personal projects and laughs at JCIDC and the Gang of 8.


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p2 : I appreciate the fact you have had excellent personal experience with Amatrol units at Ivy Tech & for that reason I see no reason to duplicate the simulators in the high school. I also congratulate you for continuing your education at Ivy Tech State College. I'm pleased you have a job you believe pays well for you. You ask why people dont see duplicating the same equipment at the high school that's in use at Ivy Tech as a good idea. The answer seems obvious when you measure the distance & time it takes to travel from the high school to Ivy Tech. In addition, I prefer future citizens have a more well rounded education that opens many doors & does not force one into a skilled labor position with little to few options otherwise. Ivy Tech simply opens more doors & provides more opportunity for students who prefer skilled trades. Their teachers & professors are qualified in adult education & engage with area industry far beyond what our high school could ever afford to do. So when speaking about opportunity, I want to speak about the best opportunity possible for our students not whats best for local businesses.

There is no doubt science training paths pay higher than traditional liberal arts programs. I'm not sure what article you read, perhaps if you posted the journal name & date others might learn as you have. I'm not doubting your honesty, but simply would like to see the information you reference so that I can better understand your point. I would be surprised to see any data indicating high school trained, entry level trades persons earn more than entry level college graduates in the same field. In actuality you compared a STEM program of unknown focus with a bachelor of arts. Perhaps your source is comparing the salaries of students who have done something similar as interning with Dow Corning & advancing to a tech position verses a student with a degree in art or music appreciation.

Finally, training is irrelevant unless the person is willing to locate high paying jobs. If one wishes to stay in this community & not commute, that person will find local wages well below national & state averages regardless of degree or training. Employers set the wages not students. So the idea that well trained students will get better paying jobs in the local market is not logical. Even if someone is well trained, prepared & deserves better wages, this community is recognized for its overall LOW wages not the opposite. The addition of any program at the high school will not change industry wages- only industry can do that.


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