Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Some amusement - Sheila's work ethic?

I received this comment, and thought it encapsulated Sheila's approach to working for the city, that it needed to be pulled out -
Sheila doesn't have the work ethic? You need to learn more about her -- she's balanced a career and family life with an impressive track record of public service.

And she doesn't need "six meetings" to make decisions. In fact, she manages to be quite decisive in meetings even after listening to disparate points of view.

-someone who has been to a campaign meeting of hers
I think it is interesting how cleanly the two sides in this mayor's race have found the issues, but then found different answers to those same issues.

Let me toss off a comment about "six meetings" and move on. Sheila has promised to put important decisions into committees of citizen volunteers. The other commenter was continuing to point out, that anyone who understand how organizations works, knows this will not be effective. I feel it is pandering to the voters, telling them something you know will not be effective, in order to get votes. Or it could be that Sheila doesn't understand why this doesn't work?

This commenter says that Sheila is hard working and a good campaigner. I think that everyone will agree with this, pretty much 100%. At least for me, I don't care. What I care about is if Sheila has or will accomplish things for the city. Thus far, Sheila has accomplished nothing for the city. I suspect that if she is elected mayor, she doesn't have the raw hours to put into being mayor to do much of anything for the city. Being a much more energetic campaigner then elected representative doesn't impress me much.

I don't believe that Sheila has time to read the documents that our city manager produces before each meeting. I don't believe that Sheila has time to research and drive any new laws or rules. She doesn't have time to be involved with organizations of mayors, or network for new ideas. She will not be in city hall when they are conducting business, she will never talk to new businesses and give them a little pitch for Carbondale. She only have time to campaign and then watch the world march by for the next four years, if she wins.

I think there is a clear choice right now - it is Brad and our city manager running the city, or our city manager running the city (with Sheila as a figure head mayor). We know if Sheila wins this race, it will be "Ground Hog Day" with the character of Neil Dillard, being played by Sheila Simon, and that should scare the heck out of you.

Of course, your comments are welcome. But how about new ideas, paragraphs or using your real name? I get tired of debunking ignorant and anonymous commenters.

7 comments:

Peter in Carbondale said...

I'm amused by one of my anonymous commenters. He has a style of commenting that is unique and I am rejecting all of his comments, hoping he will go away or start writing something better. Today he told me that I'm not really a "progressive", whatever that means?

It is OK with me if some people decide not to read my blog and/or stop commenting. My suggesting is if you don't like my blogging style or if I'm not "progressive" enough for you, go write your own blog. But that would require you to generate a number of new ideas every week, and that is hard.

For the record, I'm rejecting 100% of one commenter's submissions. I cheerfully reject anything that is silly or will require me to respond because it is incorrect, if I don't have the time to do it right then. If you use your real name or write something interesting, I'll publish it.

My time is important, at least to me. If I think you are wasting it, you comments will go right into the bit bucket.

Kyle Raccio said...

Peter, it seems like you are criticizing Sheila Simon for supporting teamwork. She's going to put people before business. People power is stronger than any new Dick's Sporting Goods.

Peter in Carbondale said...

I think in order to call a committee a team, they would have to be producing some kind of result. It is a great idea to call it a team, but it isn't. Sheila is proposing just a committee. We all know what this is and it is BS.

The problems in Carbondale have to do with the lack of businesses to employ the people, not lack of services or quality of life. It would be wise to realize that a balance of people vs. business would be healthier. Carbondale hasn't tried to find that balance, until Brad was mayor. I see Sheila's ignorance on this issue making her a bad candidate for mayor.

I'm just writing a thing about big box stores. You know, people in Carbondale love the big box.

In all things, seek balance Grasshopper. :)

Kyle Raccio said...

But my point is that Wal-Mart and Dicks Sporting Goods isn't what a lot of people here in town are looking for...We feel that the "mom and pop" businesses have been ignored and left to decay, just like our rental inspection codes.

If someone is truly pro-business (Not talking about Peter, just voters in general), the mom-and-pop businesses are classical America. Building a business from the bottom up, catering only to the locals.

Sheila Simon is going to be elected because people want a Mayor with integrity, not someone who is just on a power-trip and trying to impress the students by being 'cool.'

We want to be able to go into restaurants with our families and not inhale smoke. We want our housing to be inspected properly.

I think you are very intelligent and would ask that you reconsider your voting selection.

Who do you plan on supporting for city council, just out of curiosity?

Peter in Carbondale said...

Let me write it up and I'll be happy to do the big box thing in the next entry in the blog.

It is interesting to compare Germany to the USA in cars. In Germany, they buy almost exclusively German cars. In the USA we buy whatever is best. Now work that into big boxes.

I think you have been drinking the koolaid on Sheila. When you do nothing, it is easy to have "integrity to all" story. It is the doing something that is messy. I feel Sheila's only chance is if smoking is the #1 issue in this election or if the Maggie voters didn't understand what a fatal choice that would have been.

Where has Sheila been for the last 4 years on inspections? No where. Her plan is silly. Give me a few days on this one, but it is coming.

Where will all of you Sheila volunteers be after the election? I assume your activities will go back to zero and we can expect all of the civic movement to fall back on the business sector as usual?

City council? Anyone but Lewin would work for me.

Peter in Carbondale said...

The thing that always happens in these comments is the other person jumps over the important point. Here is the best reason not to vote for Sheila -

"The problems in Carbondale have to do with the lack of businesses to employ the people, not lack of services or quality of life. It would be wise to realize that a balance of people vs. business would be healthier. Carbondale hasn't tried to find that balance, until Brad was mayor. I see Sheila's ignorance on this issue making her a bad candidate for mayor."

Don't ignore this, Carbondale doesn't need better stuff for people. Carbondale needs more good jobs for people who aren't employees of the State. The jobs here suck, if you don't work for the university or the state.

Milton said...

---But my point is that Wal-Mart and Dicks Sporting Goods isn't what a lot of people here in town are looking for...We feel that the "mom and pop" businesses have been ignored and left to decay, just like our rental inspection codes.---

Uh, Kyle, have you seen the number of customers at Walmart? People do want to shop at walmart, that's why they are succeeding. And when is it goverment's job to protect mom and pop businesses? I support them, but if their business model doesn't work and they go out of business it's not the government's job to intervene.

---If someone is truly pro-business (Not talking about Peter, just voters in general), the mom-and-pop businesses are classical America. Building a business from the bottom up, catering only to the locals.---

Isn't it possible that only catering to locals is what is killing the mom and pop business? Your nastalgia for the "good old times" is blurring your vision of the a successful future. Where would you end this fantasy? Why stop at walmart, why not Sears or JCPenny? They were the originators. I think you're picking on walmart because it is the 800lb gorilla, not because they are doing something that hasn't been done before.

---Sheila Simon is going to be elected because people want a Mayor with integrity, not someone who is just on a power-trip and trying to impress the students by being 'cool.'---

Impress students by being cool? Have you seen the mayor? He's wears sweater vests, glasses and doesn't drink. That's not a put down, I'm there too (minus the glasses).

--We want to be able to go into restaurants with our families and not inhale smoke. We want our housing to be inspected properly.--

I want smoke free places as well, but it's just not the city's job to regulate that issue. Vote with with your dollars, go to the newell house and support a business that doesn't need a law to tell it how to run itself, I do.