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Season takes toll on plowers

March 13, 2014

Take a moment today, when the snow has stopped, to thank your local and state plow drivers. For the last three months, they could hardly catch a break....

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mattdillon

Mar-18-14 3:55 PM

I was happy with the volunteer rotating fire chiefs rumblefish. They did an oustanding job.

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rumblefish

Mar-18-14 1:17 PM

if you profess change, Matt Dillon, how about changing the fire chief position back to rotating volunteer as for Frey/Alstrom, remind us who was hired to head up DLDC during the Frey years, who as we recall gave out unauthorized bonuses,

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mattdillon

Mar-18-14 7:11 AM

Dunkirk has had some very good volunteer fire chiefs over the years. Very knowledgable and dedictaed. I have no doubt another volunteer would have been a good choice but it is what it is and life goes on. Just because it's always been done, doesn't mean change is a bad thing.

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hadenough

Mar-17-14 7:16 PM

Since the inception of Dunkirk as a city the fire chief has always been picked from a volunteer to serve. Then comes the Frey administration and all that changes. Now a paid fire fighter is becoming the fire chief at a considerable raise in salary and union benefits. Now if you remember there were two individuals up for the position Alstrom and a volunteer. I wonder why Alstrom got the job and the volunteers who served all these years were put out to pasture? Do ya think it could have been political? NAh. Not in the city of Dunkirk

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mattdillon

Mar-17-14 12:24 PM

He voted against the sale of the home and he supports his fireman? How dare him.

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rumblefish

Mar-17-14 12:19 PM

yet no one has taken Alstrom to task for remaining silent on CCH, yes he voted against but when it comes to supporting his boys at the fire department he's all in with support, seeing he get's just about everything when it comes to budget, tail (Alstrom) wages the dog(mayor & council) is every day in this city

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hadenough

Mar-17-14 8:29 AM

It snows. Ok. Put on your snow tires and have at it. Ask yourself how many actual hours are spent plowing? The ask yourself how many hours are spent in actual motion moving snow. Don't forget the maintenance when the plow is inactive and so is the driver. Think these men don't catch a few hours sleep on the tax payers dime? Well they do. The unions in the city are a well organized machine for bilking the city for money. This goes for all the unions. Workers calling in sick to help their co workers. Workers picking up all the OT they can get before retirement to boost their retirement. How many budget lines are going to have to be changed in order to pay the money. Because I know this was not budgeted for. Just ask Alstrom.

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mattdillon

Mar-17-14 7:24 AM

Looks like steiner is back as tjefson

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rumblefish

Mar-16-14 5:37 PM

It's not a question of enough, pal. It's a Zero Sum game-somebody wins, somebody loses. Money isn't lost or made, it's simply transferred- from one perception to another. Like magic, with that said the strangle hold public unions has on taxpayers, just like magic will be the ultimate down fall of the American way of life ask the public union member how much is enough and the answer is we don't ever get what we deserve, we hope some day they do and believe us it got nothing to do with pay and benefits

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tjefson

Mar-16-14 4:32 PM

Mr. Dillon, I work for me and you. Unlike you, I earn a living and pay taxes to those who prefer to be thieves. The police are living on past reputations. The current bunch are in the business of bankrupting the towns, villages and cities they were hired to protect. People who care do not bankrupt the people they are supposed to protect.

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mattdillon

Mar-16-14 3:37 PM

tjefson do you work? Or do you just bash everyone who does?

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stangv8

Mar-16-14 9:58 AM

I would think someone complaining about the overpaid plow drivers and the burden on the taxpayers would take the lead on this.

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tjefson

Mar-16-14 9:29 AM

stangv, good idea. We already have the volunteer firemen putting out the fires. The professionals drive the trucks and give the orders. Just think, you could dispatch all the volunteers and drink some coffee over a dozen doughnuts. This is the next logical step in the direction we are heading. Tremendous insight on your part.

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stangv8

Mar-15-14 10:54 PM

Gee, maybe someone here will volunteer their own time to drive a snowplow next year for no pay. Just think how much money YOU could save the taxpayers. If you work another job, no biggie. If you're worried about what the taxpayers are having to pay out for snow plows, do something about it.

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tjefson

Mar-15-14 8:35 PM

Interesting, Christopher has a place in his heart for a snow plow driver, but none for someone drowning in debt paying for the snowplow driver. Once again, his extreme bias for the public sector worker is on display for all to see. I feel for people who can't afford to keep the house warm or are living on a steady diet of rice and beans. Not Christopher, that snowplow driver has to have his steak and eggs when he gets back to his nice warm comfortable home.

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Christopher

Mar-15-14 6:43 PM

I ageree on the use of salt. In the old days, a winter like this, you were driving on a hard pack of snow and had GOOD SNOW tires, not so called "All-weather", and we got along just fine, albeit a LOT slower.

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Christopher

Mar-15-14 6:42 PM

tjefson, the article was about SNOW PLOW DRIVERS, not Teachers. Recently somebody asked where Steiner had been, I think we found him!

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joew

Mar-15-14 2:38 PM

I say we ban salt on the roadways except at intersections,waste of money,destroying our vehicles,and ruining the environment!

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hadenough

Mar-15-14 1:25 PM

Takes its toll on plow drivers? What about the monetary toll on taxpayers services. As for thanking the plow drivers believe me you thank them every Friday when they cash their pay check. Now add the fire department overtime and you will see where your tax dollars are going.

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tjefson

Mar-14-14 8:37 PM

How about season takes toll on taxpayers. Oh yea, its open season the year around. The season of the school budgets seems to be a dandy. How can we rape the taxpayer the most without them realizing what we are doing. Lets see those teachers had Christmas break and winter break. Wow, Spring break must be just around the corner. What a grind. (Sarcasm) How many months do they take off during the summer? These people are making almost 6 figures for a part time job. I wish someone would plow these people under.

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Christopher

Mar-14-14 6:46 PM

LONG overdue for some praise for those out all night, lacking sleep, keeping our roads as good as they can with the time and equipment allotted. Mostly all they hear is complaining.

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