Tuesday, January 29, 2008

HUGHES IS STUMBLING OVER HIS LAND USE CONTRADICTIONS

Our Honorable Commissioner Mr. Jeff Hughes has “written” his cri de coeur to explain his tabling the Future Land Use Map. His well written piece begs the question what and/or who is driving Mr. Hughes.

Unfortunately for Mr. Hughes, the commercial “interests” of the county have suffered a few setbacks. Vieste is gone, then council refused to fund the expansion of the St. Leon Sewer plant, the commissioners have refused to recommend funding for the DCEDI, and James “Shovel Ready” West has resigned as chief of the DCEDI. The coveted 4,000 acres of the Northwestern Quadrant are still virginal, no company has decided to use the TIF (Tax Incremental Financing) Districts, and Honda in Greensburg is now offering shop floor jobs with starting salaries of 31,000 dollars a year (preferably for non union members) versus the conventional 60,000 dollars a year.Houses on Barber Road are able to be built using septic systems, which according to the local government, is not satisfactory as some consider it a health hazard. Additionally, a well- educated Republican was voted in as a county commissioner over the strenuous objections of--- the Republican party!

Perhaps we can understand Mr. Hughes et al’s anguish.

The Map is not Received Wisdom, nor is it carved into granite. It can be changed.
It is the work product of citizens of Dearborn County, not government.

Unfortunately Mr. Hughes raises the class envy/warfare battle cry which began with Franklin Roosevelt and since then has been eagerly grasped by liberals, socialists, nazis and communists. Mr. Hughes targeted civic-minded citizens with his unfortunate remark about those who “have the time and money” to attend meetings.

To appeal to some he put his interest in another group of people - not those about whom he snidely commented. However, I quote our Mr. Hughes in his same newspaper article ”I have sworn to protect the rights and freedoms of all citizens of Dearborn.” All, Mr. Hughes, or only those who agree with your agenda and that of Mr. Fox, the DCEDI, and the Chamber of Commerce?

The question of freedom to use one’s land as one wishes, according to Mr. Hughes, should be examined. The statistics cited in the Plan Commission’s survey are related to questions that may be leading questions. How did Mr. Hughes pick his 110 property owners whom he interviewed? Did he have a polling company produce a randomized list of whom to call and what questions to ask? It would be expensive to do, but not nearly as expensive as the wasted expenditures which he helped to lavish on the 300 dollar an hour plus expenses of the Vieste group’s personnel. Would it be of utmost importance? Certainly.

Who, not by name, were Mr. Hughes interviewees? Were the interviews done solely by Mr. Hughes? Did those interviewed own a house on a half acre, did they own 200 acre? Were they on septic systems or a vacuum sewer system? Were any of them close acquaintances of Mr. Hughes? Were any of the interviewees known beforehand to have an interest that would coincide with the agenda of Mr. Hughes, Mr. Fox, the DCEDI and the Chamber of Commerce?

It is fine and appealing and somewhat demagogic to proclaim that freedom to use one’s land as one chooses is great, all about America, etc. Would Mr. Hughes not complain if someone built on the property next to where he raises his family an “Adult” Bookstore that deals in pornography 24 hours a day 7 days a week? Would he object to my putting up a poultry processing plant next to his home? How about building, next door to his home a bar, featuring loud music, a bar that is open until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning every night?

Mr. Hughes persists in claiming that private land use must not be transferred to government. Well how does Mr. Hughes explain his attachment to the Vieste debacle? How does he explain his attachment to the darlings of the local self anointed Republican party, the DCEDI, and the Lawrenceburg Chamber of Commerce? How does he explain the attempt of the government - that he claims should not be involved in private land use- to be involved in the stealthy plan via the county commissioners’ hirees Vieste et al to industrialize the Elysian fields of the newly named Northwest Quadrant of Dearborn County?

Mr. Hughes is stumbling over his contradictions. Had he been one of my medical house officers he’d be long gone. Yes, long gone, or never appointed in the first place.

Perhaps the voters of Dearborn County will feel the same way in 2008.

Alan S. Freemond, Sr.
Jackson Township

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mr. Hughes wishes to give me the "right" as a property owner to be coerced, by operation of law, to subsidize his development masters' business interests.

What a great guy that Mr. Hughes is!

Anonymous said...

I see Jeff has not conducted a phone survey relative to the DCRSD.

I wonder why that is?

Anonymous said...

Once Fox and Hughes join Benning in the private (patronage) sector, it will be up to future students of history to determine just which one of the three had their heads the furtherest up their own asses!!!

Anonymous said...

Poor Jeff...and he really needs the money from his commissioners' gig too. Let us hope that Maxwell throws some work his way after Jeff is voted out of office. Maybe Jeff can help Maxwell with connecting up to that sewer line in his front yard?

Anonymous said...

"Mr. Hughes targeted civic-minded citizens with his unfortunate remark about those who “have the time and money” to attend meetings>"

As compared to developers and their ilk who have the time and money to buy a few dimbulb politicians?

Anonymous said...

What is next for Jeff Hughes?

Will he condemn those with the time and money who come out to vote?

Will he want to conduct phone surveys after he loses his re-election attempt to see what the non-voter "really" wanted?

Let me guess, his phone surveys will instruct him to run in the general as an independent candidate?

Anonymous said...

Infrastructure used to be a limiting factor in growth.

Now with the crooked entities such as the dcrsd and St. Leon sewers, development can happen anywhere.

All that is needed is to force anybody and everybody surrounding a prospected development site to "chip in" for the infrastructure.

Which Jeff Hughes and Rick Fox have done their best to enabler such development strong arm techniques.

Fire Hughes and Fox!

Anonymous said...

Our Honorable Commissioner Mr. Jeff Hughes has “written” his cri de coeur to explain his tabling the Future Land Use Map.

Jeff's "ghost-written" heart cries out, but his ass still belongs to Bob Ewbank, whose ass belongs to John Maxwell.

Look for all the asses on parade come May.

Anonymous said...

Jeff just keeps a stumbling and a bumbling his way to political obscurity.

How many more underlings will Bob Ewbank let crash and burn to further protect his personal power base?

Anonymous said...

Can't Jeff and Rick work something out with their township trustees' poor fund if they are having money problems?

Anonymous said...

I heard that "Patronage Jobs Are Us" help feed the politically poor and downtrodden.

I'm sure Vera Benning could share her experiences with the organization.

Anonymous said...

Vote for Rick Fox and Jeff Hughes...

...John Maxwell demands no less from you.

Keep John at the front of the line.

Anonymous said...

Keep John at the front of the line.

Bob Ewbank is doing his part.

What a trooper he is.

Keeping John on his shoulders as he bullies his way to the front of the line.

Anonymous said...

Jeff Hughes re-elected? For one reason only! The costume that he and his wife wears at the Aurora Farmers fair. Nothing is more comical than to see this guy and his beautiful wife in a straw hat and bib overalls.

Anonymous said...

Jeff Hughes re-elected? For one reason only! The costume that he and his wife wears at the Aurora Farmers fair. Nothing is more comical than to see this guy and his beautiful wife in a straw hat and bib overalls.

Anonymous said...

A straw hat and bib overalls...Bob Ewbank giggled a bit...as he exclaimed: "So fitting...so fitting...I hope Mr. Maxwell appreciates what I have done in his name...

Anonymous said...

Seeing Mike (ballerina) Rozow in bib overalls would have to be more comical.

Anonymous said...

Mike Rozow, the Dwight Schrute character of Dearborn County politics (See the NBC sitcom the "Office").

Anonymous said...

i see you see thru jeff and rick too?

Anonymous said...

i see you see thru jeff and rick too?

No one ever accused Jeff and Rick of being intellectually opaque.

Intellectual transparency is what made them so attractive to Mr. Maxwell and his lesser sidekick, little Bobby Ewbank.

Anonymous said...

Storms, winds sweep through

THE ENQUIRER

Thunderstorms swept through Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky just after 9 p.m. Tuesday, bringing rain and wind gusts of up to 60 mph and prompting severe thunderstorm warnings until midnight.

High winds will continue to slam the area overnight and well into Wednesday morning, waking up residents with a cold burst of air that will last throughout the day.

A wind advisory will be in affect until 9 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.


Temperatures are expected to drop to the mid-20s. Overnight rain showers are expected to turn to snow as well.

The cold weather shift came Tuesday night as several severe weather warnings hit the area, causing downed electric lines and trees, along with thousands of power outages.

Wind gusts reached close to 60 miles per hour in some areas. At Butler County Regional Airport in Hamilton, winds clocked in at 56 miles per hour.

Duke Energy reported 8,600 outages as of 11 p.m., with most of them in Butler and Kenton counties.



Children, don't be flushing the toilet, we have no idea when the power may be coming back on!

Gee!

I miss our septic system!

That John Maxwell!

He was the smart one!

Not hooking on to those grinder pumps and all!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Hughes targeted civic-minded citizens with his unfortunate remark about those who “have the time and money” to attend meetings.

While Mr. Hughes loves to hump the leg of DCEDI members who “have the time and money” to pay the $5,000.00 membership fee!

How ironic for Mr. Hughes!

Anonymous said...

Whenever Commissioners Hughes and Fox open up their rosy lipped sphincters, contradictions always seem to spew forth.

Anonymous said...

More fiber in Rick and Jeff's diet would help with all their "spewing!"

Anonymous said...

Apparently, Jeff Hughes really dislikes those citizens who involve themselves in local politics without the proper Maxwell/Ewbank/Morris endorsement.

Maybe the voters could register their feelings as to all those pesky citizens interfering in Maxwell/Ewbank/Morris' governmental personal mandates?

It is time to knock the average citizen down a few pegs!

Let them all learn that Dearborn County is owned by the few, self-annoited, self-appointed development dickwads of the DCEDI!

Anonymous said...

"How ironic for Mr. Hughes!"


Have you met Jeff?

He thinks irony is something that builds minds and muscle and can be found only in Wonder Bread.

Anonymous said...

Rick and Jeff and Liz and Maynard please keep following the political wisdom of Ewbank and Company.

Just ignore the smack in the ass that history has already written for you all.

Anonymous said...

"Houses on Barber Road are able to be built using septic systems, which according to the local government, is not satisfactory as some consider it a health hazard."

Septic systems do work.

But we must all pretend they do not work to fit the agenda of a few dishonest developers.

Following such corrupt logic, we can also force those already on functional septic systems onto these dishonest developers' sewers to subsidize their prospective developments.

Anonymous said...

Residents of Riverview Cemetary for Rick Fox and Jeff Hughes...Robert Ewbank Campaign Chairman.

Anonymous said...

You are not going to have much stupid conversation anymore on this blog because times are bad and because you idiots are ignorant and of which offer no solutions. Face it you have won the stupid contest.

Anonymous said...

You are not going to have much stupid conversation anymore on this blog because times are bad and because you idiots are ignorant and of which offer no solutions. Face it you have won the stupid contest.

Thank you for your intelligent and articulate input.

See you in May!

Anonymous said...

"You are not going to have much stupid conversation anymore on this blog because times are bad and because you idiots are ignorant and of which offer no solutions. Face it you have won the stupid contest.

10:11 PM, January 30, 2008"



Go to a commissioners meeting. You will see two "stupids" at work. Or perhaps talk to all three commissioners and tell me there is not a saturation of "stupid" on this panel.

Anonymous said...

"because times are bad and because you idiots are ignorant and of which offer no solutions"

I think there have been several solutions offered here over the past months. Perhaps you are not reading between the anger and the wit.

Anonymous said...

What "solutions" have Fox and Hughes offered up other than offering up our savings to Maxwell and friends to buffer their "bad times?"

Anonymous said...

Fox and Hughes were put on public display by the voters. This was augmented by the political establishment. Their job as comissioners is bad, almost too stupid for my ability to observe at the commissioners meetings.
We need a change. I will not vote for them. I hope we have an independent thinking non "old boys" connected candidate this election.