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Sticking to job at hand

April 8, 2014

Area elected officials are at their best when they are focused on issues they can control, not issues dictated to them by the state or federal government....

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Apr-09-14 5:01 AM

concerned: I agree! The main goal is to get elected, period! It's NOT about doing what's right. The key is to remain as neutral as possible to avoid upsetting voters who may be adversely affected by decisions that resolve problems (ie; for every action there's a re-action).

There are numerous colleges thru out the US offering courses on how to make a successful career out of politics, focusing on the things needed to improve a candidate's chances. Most of us know what's right & wrong, but for a career politician, doing what's right isn't the problem, that's easy, the primary concern is getting elected and staying there.

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Apr-08-14 10:54 PM

Apparently the writer does not understand politics so let me explain. If you make noise and raise*****about things you have no control over you get publicity without blame (good for future votes) but if you tackle things you do have control of you may be held responsible when things go wrong!

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Apr-08-14 3:11 PM

No we wouldn't want our representitives to let Albany know we disagree with them-they might stop giving us a portion of OUR money back.Let them keep taking our RIGHTS away.Let the Observer keep sucking up to Prince Andy.

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Apr-08-14 10:53 AM

Steinernut why don't you go away again. Didn't miss your same old rants. You have nothing to say. It's just the same old thing over and over again. If you don't have anything new to say don't say anything. PLEASE GO AWAY AGAIN.

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Apr-08-14 8:39 AM

hey tj, tell your daughter to be a waitress or a cheerleader.the most succesful women i know were one or the other or both. Looking back after 40 years in the labor force. i can only point to the 3rs i learned in school that was useful. All other knowledge gained by experience or trade.

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Apr-08-14 8:33 AM

how could anyone disagree with tj and captain. the govt is nuts. Ann Eckman found her niche. Tj, you are mocking the sacred public school system. The haven of nonproductive govt workers. be careful, posters like judeye and christopher will call you names. we have to watch now if any govt worker advocates something like going bald, wearing pink, or other assorted liberal nonsense.

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Apr-08-14 7:08 AM

tjef; don't know your what you do for a living, but you need to leave the area ASAP. It's been declining for well over 30 yrs, and there's no hope in sight. The local private sector job mkt is extremely weak, and employers take advantage of it by paying less in wages, even demanding cuts from current employees, yet public workers keep getting "fair" raises. Good luck trying to sell your house, you're gonna need it.

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Apr-08-14 6:47 AM

Maybe? However, if they are off on something they can't control, at least they aren't handing out raises to sheriffs and guards at the jail which they can control.

Now every week my daughter comes home wanting something she needs for sports or the school is selling. $25 here, $40 there, these people are in an entirely different world. Obviously, they are out of touch with working class America or they would not be sending these offers and sports related expenses home to people who can't afford them. I have had it and I am PO'd.

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Apr-08-14 6:03 AM

"Area elected officials are at their best when they are focused on issues they can controL...."

HAHAHA! Do you mean things like budget spending, HUD projects, DLDC land purchases, job development, housing code enforcement, etc?

Collecting trash, keeping the grass cut in the parks, and making sure softball fields are in playable condition is what they do best.

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