Burlington Derailed ó The Continuing Story

18 June

You Nailed Worden


Spike,

I echo all your comments.

Does this guy ever think before he opens his mouth? Maybe the next time property taxes are due I'll subtract the portion for the City, after all why should I care how much I pay them.

City council members should all be sent packing until they demand an itemized bill from the City Attorney, everytime he sends one. Even McDonald's gives you an itemized receipt, and I can guarantee that the records at his law firm include all the specifics as to how those hours are billed.

I guess any retail business that provides a service for Mr. Power only need to give him a piece of paper with the amount owed minus the details.

I don't know quite what to make of the whole Tama Road thing though. It seems to be more County if they maintain it. The fact that the County handled the paving probably speaks to the farm-to-market system which would mean Federal dollars paid for the paving as I understand it.

Even so, let's hope Worden doesn't let Powers bill enough hours to fight it and lose only to discover that paying for half the paving would have been cheaper.

RW

All Scott Power knows is billable hours. I wonder how he keeps from inadvertently billing the Burlington school system, Grow Greater Burlington or Regional Planning for work he did for the city? An hour here and an hour there and pretty soon you have a crook's dream - free money.

Spike




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Power Has The Crook Grip


Spike,

Don't blow a gasket over Scott Power. Everyone knows he's a lousy lawyer and that's why all the other attorneys in town are busy. No one would like to see this guy stopped more than the taxpayers.

Nothing you can say is going to break the grip this crook has on Burlington. At least not until an elected official with balls is voted into office and the rubber stamp guys stop slobbering over each other for the good job they tell each other they're doing.

TO



03:10:00 - SPIKE - No comments

For a $34,539.51 Bill - The Detail Is On


Spike,

You're right! When is the city council going to wake up about Scott Power? I worked for an attorney. All it takes is to tell the billing system you want the detail printed out on the statement.

I can tell you one thing for sure, there would never be a $34,539.51 bill sent out from our office without detail. Furthermore, none of our clients were stupid enough to pay that kind of bill without detail.

Why would the city council or the city auditors allow that?

KL

03:05:00 - SPIKE - No comments

Doug Worden is Arrogant AND Condescending


Spike,

I watch the council meetings and attend a few meetings around town where Doug Worden is in attendance. He is one of the most arrogant and condescending people I have ever seen. I don't know who he thinks he is.

I've seen people in the corporate world act like this. They are elevated to a position they are not qualified for (even though they believe otherwise) and sit in that position until their boss figures it out. Then, Poof!

Too bad this isn't the corporate world. We'd have a new city manager.

Been around more than the turnip truck

03:00:00 - SPIKE - No comments

Illustrative Example - Letter to the Editor


Spike:

Yesterday, there was a letter from Dick and Jeannie Perry in the Advertiser commenting on what their old friends back for a reunion thought of their old home town.

Everyone in Burlington should read the letter because it tells a story of what is happening to our city and how itís changed for the worse in more ways than one. Iíve had old classmates comment on how dilapidated and trashy Burlington has become and I think itís a direct reflection of the people in office and the class of people that now call Burlington home.

Thereís very little to be proud of here in Burlington and itís not getting any better. Our high school has the highest percentage of dropouts in the state, the streets are a disaster and hundreds of homes look like unlivable trashy dumps. Our local government is rotten to the core, the city lawyer is a shyster and our elected officials havenít a clue. Our crime rate is above the national average yet our police chief says crime isnít up. Well, maybe he can tell us how long the crime rate been above the national average. We now have armed robberies of paper carriers, people walking on the sidewalks, gas stations, homeís and just about everywhere in town that doesnít have bars on the windows.

The downtown area will have a fixed up business right next to a rundown piece of trash and nothing is ever done about it. Why would anyone like to have a business next to the old Pennyís building or anywhere around it? Look at the house just up the street from city hall. The college owns this one and itís typical of rentals in the Burlington scheme of things. Our city codes are canned and unenforceable; the fire department is not capable of enforcing house numbering just look around at all the missing home and building numbers around town.

We have the old Mercy Hospital fixed up and what do they do, they put one of the ugliest antenna arrays on top of it and just ruin the appearance of the building. Greed played a part in the antenna mess, you can bank on that. Take a perfectly great looking building and ruin it with an antenna tower, typical Burlington ignorance.

Anyway, people should read the letter and visualized the image we pass on to visitors, specifically those that grew up here prior to 1980. I wonder what people coming here from Illinois think of that grand old building with the stupid antenna tower on it, what a disgrace topped off with cheapness.

Appalled

02:55:00 - SPIKE - No comments

Crime Wave


Spike:

The following points out where Burlington stands in the crime stats.

Burlington, Iowa (IA) - Sperling's BestPlaces

This is 2009 information and your viewers should take a look at the over view by clicking on Home and then the Overview tab.

Crime

Burlington, IA, violent crime, on a scale from 1 (low crime) to 10, is 4. Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The US average is 3.
Burlington, IA, property crime, on a scale from 1 (low) to 10, is 5. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. The US average is 3.

I know the police chief says crime is steady but itís still well over the national average for such a small town and thatís a real shame.

Not much about Burlington to impress a potential business or manufacturing firms to set up shop here.

From all appearances it would look like Burlington will continue to be a rust belt has been city with a continued spiral down the road to decay and abandonment. We have no real leaders anymore and as a city verge on hopelessness.

FFS

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Dealing With a Changing "Democratic" Demographic


Spike,

ESB is long gone. Case and Champion Spark Plug employ very compared to what they used to. The single party political system spawned on the factory floor lives on.

Is it fair to say that the single party system's continued dominance is due to the large number of pensioners from those places still here? Checking the obituaries, many of the names refer to having worked at these factories.

The old guard is changing. The pool that provided them is draining and not being refilled.

Is this why it is so important that our tax dollars be used to import low skilled, poorly educated and more likely to be government dependent people to Burlington? Unlike those leaving us, these immigrants produce little and demand much from those who do.

Will the single party system's struggle to survive be the death of us all?

Hugh Jenicks
02:45:00 - SPIKE - No comments