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Most serve without pay

April 21, 2013

Area school board members are not paid for their services. Those who serve on a number of county non-profit boards, some with organizations responsible for more than $50 million, are not compensate....

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Apr-23-13 10:47 PM

Attend meetings — that’s what Boards for profit and non-profit organizations, and all governmentals do. They attend meetings, and could be divided into two groups — those who attend full-time and those who attend part-time.

The full time meeting goers would get paid, but the part time goers, called volunteers wouldn’t get paid. That way the real volunteers who have given their time freely without pay would be recognized for their value and commitment.

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Apr-22-13 9:12 PM

Now some folks say that the Obsever breeds negativity now what is happening in Dunkirk that would cause a person to jump for joy? Let's see there are high taxes, high sewage rates, high water rates, companies closing down and moving out, a bike path that is in its sixth year and still not completed. So why would anyone in their right mind want to live here? If the truth hurts so be it. But the city continues to spend money on projects and salaries that are not compatible with a city whose population is 12,000 including the children. Remember when the kitchen gets to hot is time to get out.

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Apr-22-13 7:14 PM

Local school boards receive absolutely no compensation. I guess you might say we are getting our moneys worth.

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Apr-22-13 5:50 PM

DarkStar and others - Then maybe it's time for all the whiners to step up and volunteer to be on some of these boards, committees, etc. and this includes the editor of this paper. And if the position offers any type of compensation, you can refuse to take it. Walk a mile in their shoes, I have.

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Apr-22-13 11:57 AM


You seem to be overlooking the basic truth that it's the job of the media to report what's wrong and/or out of the ordinary and when it comes to commentary that is also what people want to hear.

Do you honestly think that having the Observer ignore, or downplay, problems in the area will solve anything?

The only way Local, County, State and the Federal government are going to correct all they do wrong is for citizens to be made aware of than demand they be fixed.

Sorry but the old "ignore it and it will go away" doesn't work.

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Apr-22-13 10:39 AM

Just a thought. School board members are "un-paid volunteers" but they are paid mileage, and taxpayers foot the bill for quite a few things such as expensive dinners etc.

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Apr-22-13 6:49 AM

Unfortunately my point about negativity was missed. Editorial after editorial we are on a mission to find fault. Maybe one in ten editorials has something nice to say about the area. When people are constantly bombarded with negative thoughts, they tend to become negative as well. An outsider looking at all the fault finding, and unrest it generates, is certainly going to look elsewhere to locate. Now, as far as a board receiving compensation - they aren't a volunteer anymore - they're an employee. It happens all over the country. Nothing shocking there. And it's happening more and more. In case you haven't noticed, there isn't a big line waiting to volunteer on much of anything these days. Take a look at the volunteer fire departments - a fraction of what they were 15-20 years ago. Yes, a lot of them are now getting incentives in various parts of the country.

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Apr-21-13 11:19 PM

Unfortunately, those who serve on board do so for the honor and enjoyment are easy to recognize. They are the doers. The rest, the talkers, are only intersted in having their resume look good. They rarely contribute and more often than not, are obstructionists.

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Apr-21-13 8:19 PM

I find it interesting that the very organization that provides this space for citizens to express their views is the frequent target for criticism. If it were not for the media we would all be living in the dark. I personally believe that all comments in this space should contain the full name of the writer.

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Apr-21-13 7:52 PM

...then scientists retrieved the mold and made penicillin out of it to treat diseases like syphilis and gonorrhea. So if it weren't for Dc... ;)

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Apr-21-13 6:47 PM

"In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then He made school boards. But knowing it wasn't enough, He made the OBSERVER board." And then he perfected it when he created Dcronig. After that God tossed the mold away because he saw how bad it was.

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Apr-21-13 3:41 PM

glad to see that the captain and have a nice day understand what a volunteer is, as for the rest who feel a DHC board member should get paid, can you spell entitlement because that is what the board members are claiming, remember being a volunteer is a privilege not a right

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Apr-21-13 1:11 PM

Instilling a sense of civic duty to residents does not, nor should it, require monetary compensation. Paying someone who claims to be a volunteer negates such claims. Providing a financial incentive to serve clearly contradicts the definition and undermines its purpose.

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Apr-21-13 12:52 PM

If you're upset about not being PAID to be on a VOLUNTEER board then perhaps you should tender your resignation. Chuck, this isn't negativity. It's the truth.

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Apr-21-13 9:05 AM

the Observer has not been on point on many issues in the past ,BUT on this issue they are right on when a \volunteer get paid any monies no matter what you call it they become employees and send a slap in the face to the ones who serve for the purpose of serving, side note if council and the mayor feel so strongly about paying the board they should donate moneys from their pay not taxpayers....

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Apr-21-13 8:38 AM

I swear, the Observer single-handedly does more to harm this area's economic development than anything else. Why? A constant barrage of negativity. It breeds more negativity in readers, as evidenced in lots of posts on this site, and gives prospective businesses a good reason to stay away.

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Apr-21-13 8:04 AM

In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then He made school boards. But knowing it wasn't enough, He made the OBSERVER board.

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