Tuesday, September 25, 2007

OVER 300% INCREASE IN COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL LAND NOT ENOUGH FOR DCEDI

OVER 300% INCREASE IN COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL LAND NOT ENOUGH FOR DCEDI

September 1, 2007


Dearborn County Plan Commission
% Mark McCormack
Director of Planning
Department of Planning & Zoning
215B W. High Street
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

To Whom It May Concern:

The Board of Directors of the Dearborn County Economic Development Initiative (DCEDI) recently reviewed the latest version of the proposed future land use plan. Our interest in this document is not limited to but lies primarily in the sections that address the future economic development potential of this county.

DCEDI is the primary economic development marketing agency and the primary entity for the retention and expansion of existing businesses in Dearborn County. DCEDI markets and promotes Dearborn County, on a national and international basis, as a location for new or expanding manufacturing projects; office projects; large commercial and service projects; and, large retail and recreation projects. DCEDI also provides assistance to local companies that are expanding their operations. DCEDI works with the local communities to develop the resources and infrastructure to support its economic development programs. The primary goal of DCEDI is the creation of new "wealth" in Dearborn County through the creation of new, diversified job opportunities; the creation of new revenue opportunities for local governments and the general growth and expansion of the area economy.

From the above perspective, DCEDI must take exception to the Future Land Use Concept Maps Alternative A and Alternative AA due to the self-limiting acreage and locations that are designated for future economic development. Given the current and future fiscal needs of this county, our findings are that the two alternative land use plan maps:

1. Do not inure to the long-term prosperity of Dearborn County that would be derived from quality growth and development.

2. Do not provide opportunities for Dearborn County to generate economic development activity with significant fiscal returns and positive impacts on the local property tax structure.

3. Do not recognize the physical and transport limitations of Dearborn County, such as topography, flood plains and developmental highways that restrict significant economic development to only certain areas of the county.

4. Do not provide the physical site location requirements of new and expanding companies considering this community, thus creating a non-competitive situation for the county in comparison to other southeast Indiana and Greater Cincinnati communities.

5. Do not serve the best interest of those property owners in Dearborn County who have expressed their desire to sell their agricultural property for its highest and best use.

6. Relegates significant economic development activity to areas of the county viewed as less desirable by recent corporate prospects in terms of infrastructure, access and topography.

7. Were created in response to ‘no-growth’ rural residents using the emotional issues related to the preservation of the agricultural industry in Dearborn County to serve their cause.

8. Do not reflect the input and counsel of economic development specialists provided for previous versions of the concept plans.

DCEDI encourages the Dearborn County Plan Commission to re-evaluate the commercial and industrial sections of the Future Land Use Plan in terms of creating the most beneficial returns for the long-term growth and prosperity of the county. Status-quo is not an acceptable response to the fiscal issues facing Dearborn County in the very near future.

Respectfully,



James F. West, Jr., CEcD
President




C. DCEDI Board of Directors
Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce

76 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mr. West your letter reminds me of your greed. you have the hole procedure backwards, have you ever read the DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE IT CLEARLY STATES "GOVERNMENTS ARE INSTITUTED AMONG MEN, DERIVING THEIR JUST POWERS FRON THE CONSENT OF THE GOVRNED" THAT MEANS THE CITIZENS ARE THE BOSS OVER THE ELECTED.

jb said...

"7. Were created in response to ‘no-growth’ rural residents using the emotional issues related to the preservation of the agricultural industry in Dearborn County to serve their cause."

What's wrong with agricultural industry?

Anonymous said...

Poor Jim West, he cannot get a job close to home, so he must drive all the way out here!!!

Anonymous said...

Uncle Jay explains this blog.


http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/3d79d51044

Anonymous said...

Come on folks!

West just wants the opportunity to develop any and all farms that come on the market...with sewers and other infrastructure to be paid by the taxpayers...outright or by "forced" hook-ups, etc,!

Think how "great" it would have been if just a few of his members could have bought land in the NW Quadrant on the cheap?

Of, course, someone had to "blow" the deal and start all that "imforming" the public here, "informing" the public there!

It just threw a monkey wrench into all those land speculators' calculations and just ruined the "surprise" of what their "inside" information could have made possible!

Anonymous said...

Uncle Jay explains this blog.

Does he explain that this blog would not exist but for the few crooked, entitled reprobates in this County trying to force others to finance their developments?

Anonymous said...

"Uncle Jay explains this blog."

How would "Uncle Jay" explain A DCEDI blog?

"HEY!!! IT SAYS I HAVE TO BE A DUES PAYING MEMBER TO POST ON THEIR BLOG...OR PROVIDE COPIOUS VERBAL Fellatio FOR ALL THINGS PRO-DEVELOPMENT!"

Anonymous said...

West wants those of us who are landowners to sell our land to his comrades for ten cents on the dollar of what our land would be worth zoned residential or commercial.

This way, his comrades could make a small fortune when his other comrades rezone the same land to residential or commercial.

His comrades make a small fortune!

Jim West is a hero!

And we are all their patsies!

Anonymous said...

I sense some pretty big election "rigging" in the works if our local Development Interests do not get their way with this Land Use Plan!!!!!!!!!!!

Playing by the rules just gets them nervous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Lets turn Dearborn County into another West Chester!

The "mess" that is West Chester, is just so far to drive to!

Anonymous said...

Note: Jim West has not come before the Commissioners looking for funds as of late! He and his two "boys in the band," must be getting nervous with what the upcoming elections are portending!

Anonymous said...

Farm land is only attractive to developers because it is priced as farm land.

Let these political hacks rezone this "farm land" up front, to commercial or residential, then let us see how attractive this "cheap" land is?

Or are all us "farmers" to be required to "take one for the team" and let our land go for a song in order for others to reap the profits?

Anonymous said...

YOU STUPID BLOGGERS ARE THE SCARING
PEOPLE INTO DON'T VOTES

WHAT HAPPEN TO FREEDOM OF CHOICE?

Anonymous said...

UGLY UNCLE JAY

Anonymous said...

"YOU STUPID BLOGGERS ARE THE SCARING
PEOPLE INTO DON'T VOTES

WHAT HAPPEN TO FREEDOM OF CHOICE?"


Skipping your Methadone again?

Anonymous said...

"Skipping your Methadone again?"

I'm thinking this person is taking a full dose of "STUPID," I.V. Push!

Anonymous said...

WHAT HAPPEN TO FREEDOM OF CHOICE?

Like choosing not to hook on to the sewers of a politically connected realtor/developer's sewers???

Dracula said...

7. ‘no-growth’ rural residents using the emotional issues related to the preservation of the agricultural industry in Dearborn County to serve their cause.
This from the DCDEI Hired hand.
What part of the projects about which you fantasize would you and your handlers pay?

What part of we don't want you and your handlers don't you understand?

cc said...

Uncle Jay Explains Blogs- (see website in earlier comment)is an
entertaining video clip done tongue in cheek with journalists being blasted as well as blooggers.

Blogs fill the void between news NOT reported and public opinion pages that are censored. It requires a brain to read, decipher, and research what we see here as comment.
But I think the facts and the letters posted speak for themselves.
The public has a right to know.
Blogs are a way to get it to those willing and wanting to get to meat of the issues.
I read this site every day.
The comments are the public square-the local bar- the check out line at Walmart- or the meeting after the meeting. Sometimes witty - sometimes repetitious- but always a sign that free speech is still alive in Dearborn County.

Mike Perleberg - Eagle 99.3 and 103.1 News said...

OVER 300% INCREASE IN COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL LAND NOT ENOUGH FOR DCEDI

Just curious if A. Dearborn Countian could cite where they got the information for that headline.

Where has the increase been? Over what period of time? Etc...

I'd like to have a look at it.

Anonymous said...

I knew that all of emotion driven individuals were going to be up in arms over the 300% increase. They do not understand it, they just see 300% of something. That is the problem with most of these people. They are emotional and not logical.

Chris Mueller said...

The master plan numbers that are in the materials posted on the PZ website show all the current land use amounts (in acres) and the proposed amounts in the new Land Use maps that are up for adoption. It's Table 7.2.
They current uses show 918.6 acres and the proposed map sent to the PC from the Advisory Board shows 541.3 acres Commercial and 2490 acres Commercial/Industrial mixed Use. That is a 330% increase.
It should be noted that this DOES NOT include any Commercial/Industrial Uses in the municipal areas of the county.

Anonymous said...

"They are emotional and not logical."

It is always entertaining when a thief psychoanalyzes his “mark” while trying to pick his pockets!!!

Now maybe you can offer up your analysis on why the Republican Leadership last year felt the need to go against its own “Rank and File’s” wishes???

Was the Leadership suffering from “Abandonment Issues???”

Or was the Leadership suffering from “Its My Ball and I’m Going Home Issues???”

Maybe the Leadership is “Criminally Insane?”

Maybe the Leadership are just “CRIMINALS???”

Anonymous said...

"The public has a right to know."

But only after our local realtor/developers have everything in place to do as they please!

Anonymous said...

If the DCEDI desires more public support for their plans, then, why not open up the DCEDI to the public?

They certainly welcome the public's dollars thrown their way by their "plants" in local government!

Why was the NW Quadrant planning done behind closed doors?

Why was it not open to public input?

Would that have queered the "first right of refusal entitlement" of its membership and a few public officials, in all things County and public profit related?

Anonymous said...

Or was the Leadership suffering from “Its My Ball and I’m Going Home Issues???”

I heard that Morris is already writing the names of all the DCEDI membership on the Republican "ball!"

And according to "BALL" property law:

THE DCEDI NOW OWNS MORRIS AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!

Legal research courtesy of Ewbank and Lehner.

Anonymous said...

The DCEDI is all about "PROFITS" to its membership...

...if those "PROFITS" can be realized by sticking it to the Citizen/Taxpayers of this County...

...then the DCEDI simply sees that as an investment in the futures of those who "REALLY" count in this County!

The rest of us are just "FODDER" to be used, abused and then tossed aside!

Anonymous said...

,"Why was the NW Quadrant planning done behind closed doors"

What???

Give those landowner "smucks" up in the NW Quad a "heads up???"

That would have severly limited the possible profit probabilities of some "connected" realtor/developers in this County!!!

Such action would have led to a fair "Arms Length Transaction" between the potential sellers and buyers!!!

The DCEDI is not about "fairness!"

Anonymous said...

Didn't the Commissioners have to approve the funding for the beginning of the Viesta project? Wouldn't that have been done at a public meeting?

I don't understand what information you want to know and how you want to get that information. Do you need a phone call every time there is a public meeting.

By the way you need to get off your soap box about developers taking the public's money for profits. Developer's don't use tax money for any thing they build. If you have a case were a developer took tax money to build a subdivision please tell me. And I don't need any answers about the property on US 50 because there has been no subdivision built there. Stop hanging your hat on that piece of property and give me some real facts.

Anonymous said...

The DCEDI and Vieste are taxpayer sponsored business drummers for our local development industry!

The DCRSD is trying to force others to subsidize the sewers of realtor/developers!

The added infrastructure needed by those who do not want to limit their development to fit a more rural environment will be paid by the taxpayers!

The money paying our "alleged" public attorneys are payed by the taxpayers as these self-same attorneys devise more ways to redirect taxdollars to aid development!

So get off your donkey...will ya!

Anonymous said...

"If you have a case were a developer took tax money to build a subdivision please tell me."

Fehrman and Maxwell are working that out now!

What do you think "forced" sewer hookups are about?

Anonymous said...

With the mortgage crisis now taking place, with a conservative estimate of it lasting five or more years, be prepared for the machinations on part of a few desperate, amoral developers and their associates to find more ways to gain control of local government and the tax dollars that come with such control to finance their development!

Anonymous said...

Now that the "citizens" of the North West Quad know that there may be plans to develop their community...the price they will be willing to accept for their land will increase significantly. Cutting down on any "windfall" profit a "politically connected" realtor/developer/public official might make using "inside" information. Thus, decreasing the attractiveness of the North West Quad. Because, face it, it was all about the possible "windfall" profits of the priviledged few!

Anonymous said...

"Didn't the Commissioners have to approve the funding for the beginning of the Viesta project? Wouldn't that have been done at a public meeting?"

Vieste and county officials met privately numerous times before any public meetings were ever had.
When teh public meetings came about it was OBVIOUS that agreements were hatched prior to teh public seeing any of it. There was really NO DISCUSSION.

Anonymous said...

"Now that the "citizens" of the North West Quad know that there may be plans to develop their community...the price they will be willing to accept for their land will increase significantly."

Don't you think that would be extremely selfish on the part of those who actually own land in the NW Quadrant, to "up" their asking prices for their land, at the expense of the poor, "connected" and those who worked so hard to cultivate their "inside" information to "profit" on the backs of those very same property owners?

Sure!

The information should have been made public!

But these poor, "connected" individuals, have worked so "hard" in keeping such "public" information from the "public!"

It would be cruel to deny these "connected" folks their "bounty!"

Anonymous said...

" And I don't need any answers about the property on US 50 because there has been no subdivision built there."

Because why?

Because, the "public" has woke up and stepped up to fight the theft from our neighbors to subsidize this subdivision!

What alternatives are the owner(s) of this property working on to sewer such subdivision?

It would seem they are still trying to "piggy-back" their sewers on the High Ridge "fix!"

But there is not enough money alloted to the High Ridge "fix" to provide sewers to this proposed subdivision!

So what are the plans for sewering this proposed subdivision, other than forced hook-ups?

Please educate us all?

HELLO!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

High Ridge Estates:



THE RUSE THAT PERMITTED THE CREATION OF THE DCRSD!

THANKS, VERA, RICK AND LITTLE JEFF!

YOU SERVED YOUR SUPERIORS WELL!

THANK YOU VERA FOR SUPPORTING THE DEMOCRAT WHO RAN IN YOUR PLACE!

THANK YOU RICK AND LITTLE JEFF FOR YOUR ANTICIPATED SUPPORT FOR THE DEMOCRATS WHO WILL TRY TO WIN BACK YOUR SEATS!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

"THANK YOU RICK AND LITTLE JEFF FOR YOUR ANTICIPATED SUPPORT FOR THE DEMOCRATS WHO WILL TRY TO WIN BACK YOUR SEATS!!!!!!!!!"

Let these two hope that Mr. Morris does not find out about their future support of the Democrats in this year's general election!

Because he will nip it…nip it in the bud!

He understands full well that he cannot come off as masculine denuded as his predecessor was in his humiliation in light of high profile Republicans jumping from his ship!

Anonymous said...

To the political movers and shakers and business community.

Please focus on addressing what is right for the county. Ignore the dingdongs that constantly screw things up. All this bullcrap that shows up on here does nothing.

Taxes,Taxes,Taxes? What are we going to do? Are we going to listen to the forced sewer hookups person?

Anonymous said...

"Are we going to listen to the forced sewer hookups person?"

Will forcing someone to remortgage their home to pay for your sewers, lower his tax bill?

Fat chance!

Not only will his taxes continue to go up to pay for the infrastructure of the Development Interests of this County, this person will be an additional 10 to 40 thousand dollars in the hole!

But you care not!

As long as you make one dollar, you could care less if it costs another citizen ten dollars to cover your one dollar!

And thank you for adding your "bullcrap" to this blog!

Keep reminding us all what you are all about...which does not coincide or inure to the benefit to the average Citizen/Taxpayers of this County!

Now, get going with your election rigging!

Playing fair will only leave you crying in your wine spritzer election night!

Anonymous said...

PLEASE THINK A LITTLE Mr.West,you and the DCEDI along with the gun-ho realtors/builders have never realized you're flatly out numbered by the so called anti-everyghing group. And are wasting you're time and our money.

Anonymous said...

Some in this community absolutely despise the very existence of this blog. They absolutely despise the fact that this blog gives a voice to those in this community who do not have a public official in their back pockets. They absolutely despise the fact that this blog is not censored, no one willing to pound the "gavel" down to end "public" discussion whenever it gets "uncomfortable" for a few "movers and shakers" in this County. They absolutely despise the fact that this blog cannot be controlled nor subjugated to their will. They absolutely despise the fact that they are no longer in absolute control of this County.

Anonymous said...

"And are wasting you're time and our money."

They have done a pretty good job in wasting the taxpayers' money and time as well!

Anonymous said...

"Ignore the dingdongs that constantly screw things up."

Don't worry!

One "dingdong" lost her re-election bid last year and the
"dingdong" twins still remaining will be joining her soon!

How refreshing it will be to not have to listen to the constant pandering "dingdong" of the Development, bought and paid for, "ding-a-lings!"

Anonymous said...

"Now, get going with your election rigging!"

Last year Rick and Jeff so enjoyed "jumping ship" to support the Democrat over the Republican candidate!

I wonder how entertaining it will be for them this year as they "pimp" for the two Democrats, hand-picked by Ewbank and Morris, to run as their "would-be" replacements against the two Republicans who will beat them in the primary?

Anonymous said...

Please vote a competent and educated person in these offices.

jb said...

first there has to be a competent and educated person in the race....

adc said...

"4. Do not provide the physical site location requirements of new and expanding companies considering this community, thus creating a non-competitive situation for the county in comparison to other southeast Indiana and Greater Cincinnati communities."

Perhaps Mr.West is having trouble competing with the cities in our own county. Maybe the problem isn't the land choices, but the attitude of DCEDI.
No one likes a whiner.
To sell a county as a good place you have to like the place yourself. Perhaps Mr West doesn't project a good image for Dearborn County.
How much have taxpayers invested in Mr. West and DCEDI?

Anonymous said...

Mr. West and his DCEDI comrades treat those who own the land they so cherish for development as obstacles, not partners!

Mr. West sees it as a win-win if we get development in this County and his comrades can "sneak" the best price from the landowners via inside information!

One wonders, how different the NW Quadrant matter would have turned out if he had not done his best to cut everyone out but those realtors and developers and their associates from the planning process!

West considers it a "success" for this County if his patrons "get one over" on the rest of us!

It would seem, only his patrons' profits matter, he could care less about the rest of the County!

Anonymous said...

The DCEDI and the DCRSD:

TOO NON-STARTERS HINDERING DEVELOPMENT IN THIS COUNTY!!!

BOTH ARE BENEVOLENT SOCIETIES FOR THE REALTOR/DEVELOPER AND NOTHING MORE!!!

Anonymous said...

Mr. West, lead by example!

Move to Dearborn County!

Buy a few acres, build your house on one corner of your parcel and sell your remaining land for a strip mall or an industrial park!

Strip malls and industrial parks make good neighbors...or so you keep telling us!

Anonymous said...

"Are we going to listen to the forced sewer hookups person?"

Are we going to listen to a few sorry realtor/developers who are so "undercapitalized" they have to force others to subsidize their sorry development projects?

Letting these sorry hacks make decisions for this County would be like placing a long-time recipient of "government cheese" in charge of our local dairy industry!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of "undercapitalized" how is Macke and Tuke doing?

Things are not so "sweet" on "Sugar Ridge" I hear!

Anonymous said...

They are in the process of renaming "Sugar Ridge" to "Bittersweet Pucker Point!"

Anonymous said...

West: ”Status-quo is not an acceptable response to the fiscal issues facing Dearborn County in the very near future.”

We need to tap the taxpayer a bit harder to lend a helping hand with all the “status-quo” woes and afflictions of our local developers!

We need to “shame” those unwilling to get loans to subsidize our woeful and afflicted developers’ sewers into going to their DCEDI approved lending institutions to gather all the funds needed by our reduced and pitiful local developers!

We all need to take on second, third or fourth jobs, to save our ill-fated and miserable local developers from having to even consider or be forced to reflect upon the very idea of another line of work during these tough times!

Have we no compassion???????

Anonymous said...

Incompetent nepotism is draining the resources of many of our local realtor, developer and legal institutions, causing a great drain upon the taxpayers, who it seems are uniquely situated to make up for the deficits of these nepotistic disasters!

At least until the voters fix this mess, in the primaries or general elections, depending, of course, on what deprived factions are at the helm of the party process!

Anonymous said...

The bearded mess Thompson has been a big failure so far to us
We had such hopes for him. Geeh

Anonymous said...

"The bearded mess Thompson has been a big failure so far to us
We had such hopes for him. Geeh"



Thompson just does not fit in with the current and most recent crop of Commissioners...

...refusing to get on his knees and kissing Development "Movers and Shakers'" ample asses!

And he is both educated and a successful businessman...

...yuck!

He is actually not beholden to the other Commissioners' Masters...he has a real job...

...double yuck!!

Oh for the good ole days when even this County's "slow-learners" and "town idiots" could be Commissioners!!!

Good times!!!! Good times!!!!

Anonymous said...

Q: How can you tell if one is a Republican "slow-learner?"

A: They support and vote for the Democrat!

Anonymous said...

"Oh for the good ole days when even this County's "slow-learners" and "town idiots" could be Commissioners!!!"


Will no one now ride Ewbank and Lehner's short bus?

Anonymous said...

". Do not serve the best interest of those property owners in Dearborn County who have expressed their desire to sell their agricultural property for its highest and best use.

Which is it? West says that people can't maximize the their property for highest and best use...HOWEVR THOSE THAT ARE HAVE SAID THEY ARE OVERPRICED. Their is land for sale who these people want to maximize their land. But West is going after land that's not for sale and coaxing people to think they are getting a "good deal" from the county to sell their land. What a hypocrite!

Anonymous said...

West is all about maximizing the profits of a small contingent of "politically connected" realtor/developers/bankers/lawyers, no matter the costs to the rest of us!

Anonymous said...

"Which is it? West says that people can't maximize the their property for highest and best use..."


The "highest and best use" after a DCEDI member buys such land at rural land rates!

Those of us who "just" own the land presently, are not deserving of the same "windfall" profits as his membership!

Alan S. Freemond, Sr. said...

We mustn't get snowed by these winners who are still trying to run this county.

Say that they paid you 10,000 dollars per acre and that you have 100 acres. That'd be one million dollars. The winners would say "Wow we're makling you a millionaire you lucky guy.Look what we are doing for you."

Well you'd have to pay close to 100,000 dollars in capital gains taxes. Then you'd invest the rest of the money in the safest investment you can find which is United States Treasury bonds which pay somewhere around 3-4%. That would pay you roughly about 30,35,000 dollars a year. Then you'd pay income tax on that. And where would you go with your 35,000 bucks( before income tax) after you sold the land? That money will become less valuable as inflation gnaws away at it.

You've got to watch these slickers. They'll steal the fillings out of you teeth.

What we need is a continuation of the reforming of Dearborn County. It started with Ralph Thompson.So who are we going to put into the primaries to challange the incumbants?

We need independent thinking electable candidates.

Remember the chances are that The Honorable Senator Johnny Nugent will be pulling out all the stops for one of the two incumbants,and Johnny has a lot of campaign cash that he can use for his friend's camapign.

Anonymous said...

Let Johnny campaign in the primaries for "tweedle dumb" and "tweedle dumber," all the while we can continue to remind the Republican Rank and File that Johnny will support the Democrat in the general election if you don't vote "his way!"

His arrogance will just temper those who desire a "true" choice in our local politics!

His "Boss Hogg" days are over!

Anonymous said...

"will nottemper"

fixed

Anonymous said...

"We need independent thinking electable candidates."


Rick Fox and Jeff Hughes will consult with Bob Ewbank in order to see what he thinks about "independent thinking!"

Then they will knock the question of "independent thinking" around with the entire membership of the DCEDI!

If all goes smoothly, they will then ask Johnny Nugent if he has any ideas on matters that both Rick and Jeff can "independently think" about together!

Anonymous said...

False Ads: There Oughta Be A Law! - Or Maybe Not
June 3, 2004
Updated: May 10, 2007
By Brooks Jackson

(This article was originally posted June 3, 2004. We are reissuing it now, updated only to fix bad links and such. Politicians still can lie legally, and the high volume of ads expected in 2008 campaigns makes it likely that voters will be exposed to more deception than ever. —B.J.)

Here's a fact that may surprise you: Candidates have a legal right to lie to voters just about as much as they want.

That comes as a shock to many. After all, consumers have been protected for decades from false ads for commercial products. Shouldn't there be "truth-in-advertising" laws to protect voters, too?

Turns out, that's a tougher question than you might imagine.


Continued at:
http://www.factcheck.org/specialreports/false_ads_there_oughta_be_a_law.html

Anonymous said...

www.factcheck.org/specialreports/false_ads_there_oughta_be_a_law.html

Anonymous said...

sorry. it ends as follows.

/false_ads_there_oughta_be_a_law.html

Anonymous said...

Rick Fox and Jeff Hughes will consult with Bob Ewbank in order to see what he thinks about "independent thinking!"


Bob Ewbank is currently dictating his memo on the "acceptable" bounds of "independent thinking" while in his employ as a "public" official!

Ending with his always droll addendum:

DON'T TALK TO RALPH THOMPSON!!!

jb said...

"independent thinking"

Independent- not a chance

Thinking- not a chance

First off- they have to want to know what's really going on- that takes time and work.
Then they have to get that Republican party chorus behind them to be silenced.
Then they have to have guts...

Anonymous said...

”Then they have to get that Republican party chorus behind them to be silenced.”


Those aren’t Republicans, those are effete, limp-wristed country club RINOs, who think being a Republican is all about “connections” and “privilege” to do as they please, as long as they “own” enough “dim bulb” politicians willing to sell their Souls to please their Betters!

Anonymous said...

"...enough “dim bulb” politicians willing to sell their Souls to please their Betters!"

The next day, after Benning's loss to Thompson, she was seen driving her Caddy with a bumper sticker firmly affixed to her rear bumper reading:

"SORRY...ALL SOLD OUT...TRY RICK AND JEFF'S SOUL EMPORIUM...FOR ALL YOUR FUTURE SOUL SELLOUTS!!!"

Anonymous said...

HAS ANYONE THOUGHT OF THIS NOVEL IDEA? How about spending economic development money within this community of Dearborn County to keep the businesses open that are here now? Why not offer businesses struggling to keep their doors open with assistance. Of course there needs to be a plan and we can't just willy nilly give people money, but why not help those longtime businesses? Offer their employees bonuses. People that make money spend money. Something is needed to revitalize this county and giving new businesses tax abatements for 10 years doesn't seem to be the right idea. The goals of this county need to be reviewed. Short term goals as well as long term goals. The idea that everything is needed "right now" just won't work. The citizens of this county just won't accept that idea. Look at downtown Aurora, downtown Lawrenceburg, Bright, Highway 50....if you want economic development keep and maintain what you HAVE! This idea of trying to buy land at 10 cents on the dollar because commercial property is too "high" is crazy. Jim West wants farmers to maximize their land by selling at the highest possible price, but then says that those that are, are pricing Dearborn County out of the competition. Our county needs to wake up and get a plan together. Jim West, Mike Rozow and all the county government officals need to get on the same page. At this time, we need gradual and steady progress with thoughtful thinking. Maintain and keep your current clients and then focus on new developments. Currently I think the opposite is happening in Dearborn County. "plan your work and work your plan" --this was told to me by a very wise and successful business man years ago.

Jay Whitehead
Jackson Township

Anonymous said...

Jim West and Mike Rozow want a quick and easy profit for their benefactors. They could care less about the fiscal health of the County in general and the rest of us specifically.