Archive: February, 2007

Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen

My bid for city council is done. I am relieved and sad at the same time.

On one hand, I have a lot going on right now and sitting on council would have added to that load significantly. Now I will have more time to spend with my family. Also, I can stay on the sidelines and monitor our local government as my schedule allows. Indeed perhaps it is better that I didn’t make it past the primary.

On the flip side, I really do want to make a difference in the community and help us grow and live to our fullest potential. This may allow me the independence to accomplish that goal without having to serve on council.

To the 74 people who voted for me, thank you. I appreciate the support.

Linux for MVTHS?

Nice article about how a school district in Ohio saved over $400,000 by simply using Linux instead of M$ Windows. Perhaps MVTHS could move to an open source platform instead of paying outrageous fees for the use of inferior software. I wonder how much it will cost for the district to upgrade all of their computers in the near future. Surely this will not be a cheap process.

Maybe we get a break and M$ gives the school a reduced price or free licenses. It is possible, but I doubt it. Linux, surprisingly, is free. Support can be purchased as needed, and there is a large community that supports the software for free.

There would be reduced TCO in not having to purchase the software, not having to purchase antivirus software, etc. Granted, there will be a learning curve for the students and teachers, but wouldn’t we save a boatload of money?

South 42nd Speed-bumps

Has anyone noticed the horrible damage that the new construction is doing to South 42nd street? It was once a pleasant drive on a smooth concrete surface, but no longer.

On the Veteran’s Memorial Drive side there is a dip that is very noticeable. On the 42nd street side there is at least one major bump that lifted me out of my seat. That is no small task since I am a large man.

I understand that there is construction in the area, and the city is running sewer for the new development (who’s paying for that?). What I don’t understand is why the temporary patches can’t be made a little smoother. I am aware that it is a heavily traveled road and that any work being done causes inconvenience. There should be some way to smooth out the roadway a little so that it does not do so much damage to vehicles.


Saturday it rained. We didn’t get too many door-hangers out, and still got soaked. At least we did get some promotional material to the public. I don’t expect to make it past the primary tomorrow, but I am planning for it. There are a lot of surprising people voting for me. A lot of people I haven’t talked to in years have tracked me down to let me know they support my bid for city council. Kinda gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.

I expect that the people with more money for signage and more influence will skate into the general election, but thank you to all who have supported me in any way and DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!!!

UPDATE: Our little little election got covered in The Southern. How cute.

Frustration expressed

The Mount Vernon Register-News has an article today with some expressed frustration from Mike Walker. I don’t blame him. The council is being hit from all sides by accusations of impropriety and “conspiracy theories” both online and by letters to the editor of the R-N. I don’t blame Mike for being frustrated. I’m frustrated just reading a lot of the half-baked stuff myself.

Most of the “theories” are just based on speculation and a tiny bit of truth. Maybe there is NO truth and only rumors. These are the worst kind of garbage and should be disposed of as such. That should not be difficult to do by just presenting facts. Rumors only have the life that you give them, and needles of truth tend to pop inflated rumors pretty easily.

With all of that said, I have to admit there are a lot of fact-strings tying together a lot of different pieces that give the appearance of impropriety. Perhaps it is just coincidence and a consequence of a small town, but you can only ignore the 800lb gorilla so long.

Mrs. Holt had a nice, inspiring quote as well. I will NOT accuse her of not voting her conscience. She seems to be a good person. I will agree 100% that she voted on an issue knowing of the clear conflict of interest given her employment by the school district. I am not saying she voted how she did due to her employment, but she SHOULD have abstained in my opinion.

“A conflict of interest is a situation in which someone in a position of trust, such as a lawyer, a politician, or an executive or director of a corporation, has competing professional and/or personal interests. Such competing interests can make it difficult to fulfill his or her duties fairly. Even if there is no evidence of improper actions, a conflict of interest can create an appearance of impropriety that can undermine confidence in the ability of that person to act properly.” – Wikipedia

Maybe I’m grouped with the “conspiracy theorists”. Maybe I shouldn’t point out an obvious conflict of interest.