Any public money spent on public programs is socialism. The money would be better spent supporting our local GOP/Tea Party politicians, whose job it is to make sure public money lands in the right hands. Theirs.
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As far as swimming goes, yes it should be mandatory to learn. In Lake Erie though, when the beaches we closed half the time because raw sewage has escaped the treatment plants, I'm not so sure they should be in that stuff. Every lakeside town has its sewage treated by the lake, and from aerial view after a storm, you can see sewage making its way downstream. Brocton to Fredonia to Dunkirk to Silver Creek, etc.
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One thing parents haven't given up though, Christopher, is discipline. Many families obviously don't reprimand their kids when need be, and at the same time have hamstrung guardians (usually teachers) from doing so, too. So, junior becomes uncontrollable/unrepentant for misdeeds, and will exploit the inability/inaction of anyone to punish them. The paddle should be brought back into vogue.
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the answer is simple is the hires and program a "Necessity or a Luxury" we see no middle ground it's one or the other
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if you believe poll results than it indicate the city is in the wrong, but if you read the comments posted to story on this, then the city is right, as always we think, agree/disagree is a popularity contest noting more noting less, because city hall could care less, agendas, agendas, nothing but agendas
PR24601 is absolutely right on that one! All you hear are people complaining about kids having nothing to do, yet all summer when school is out, the beaches are mostly empty! When I was 12 years old we rode bikes from Fredonia to Dunkirk, and Point Gratiot looked like one of those California Beach movies, it was FILLED with people! Wright Park, locally known as "Polish beach", was just as full! If that were still the case, I MIGHT be a bit more sympathetic during the colder months.
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This is a tough one. Should the city spend our tax money and HOPE it gets it back through program fees? Probably not.
Is it a good idea in a utopian world? Well of course. But in a utopian world all the leeches in DK would have their kids involved in these kinds of programs already.
Instead we'll drive through DK this summer and see them walking in the streets, riding bikes through stop signs, and playing govt-issued video game consoles.
We live by a big fricken lake, it should be mandatory that every kid in DK learn to swim. But no. They're real good at holding up traffic and swearing at fellow 4th graders.
God this town is a dump.
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Dolce fiddles while Dunkirk burns!!!
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Judeye and her perfect grandchildren that I suspect get govt money live in Fredonia and she's probably a renter. She also thinks Common Core is a good thing.
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time for a coup
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in hind sight if the revenue doesn't match the spending the gang that can't shoot straight will just raise the fees for city services, happened before will happen again soon
in a properly run business and yes like or not the city is a business, (a fractured one), but still a business, cost versus revenue is at the top of the list for consideration before spending, problem is this government, poorly run but government just the same
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I don't think the mayor has a clue as to what ails the city. When you are drowning in taxes the very last thing you should be doing is adding to the payroll. Maybe an even bigger issue was the recent appointment of a full time recreation department head. The mayor plucked one of his good friends out of the DLDC and appointed him Recreation Director with a $50,000 salary and union job protection with a full benefit package. It smells alot like friends taking care of friends and do we know to what degree that appointee was involved with the mis-appropriation of HUD funds? We still have not had leaf pickup in my section of the city but we have the money to hire six new employees to manage walking and parties for children. Maybe the mayor doesn't realize that he will eventually have to face the voters and we tend to have good memories.
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Dolce has not had a good idea since being elected. Perhaps he is drinking to much Kool Aid as is evident by the picture. Polticians are not god and their decisions are not set in stone. The people need to start questioning the decisions of these elected officials especially the mayor. CAn the city afford to toss away $12,000? Sure why not. He will get his check on Friday. Wait until NRG closes then you might as well zip up the streets shut off the lights and put up a sign saying city is closed. Or you can move out of the city and not pay the tax increase that is coming.
Hate to ruin your day Paul but I agree with you.
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As a society, we have abdicated the care, the moral and ethical training of our children and just about everything else parents used to supply, to outside agencies, especially schools. Look around, tell me how that's working out.
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So the taxpayers in Dunkirk need to pay insane school taxes, "for the children," massive welfare programs "for the children" and then they have to pay for recreational activities "for the children."
Please let us know when you are satisfied with the money you constantly support leeching from taxpayers.
I have a strange idea, how about letting the residents, and home owners in Dunkirk, spend money on their own children instead of expecting others to cover those costs?
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These programs pay for themselves. Six, 3 month long part time minimum wagers make a lot less than what they have charged in the past for the programs offered there.
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Spending money (and not that much) on the children of Dunkirk. what can be more important?
These programs are EXCELLENT with wonderful caring staff. I KNOW. I have taken my grandchildren many times to various activities such as soccer.
Sports and recreational activities teach our children many skills, like team building, in addition to giving them a positive role models and good ways to express themselves.
Dunkirk is a disaster and this is what the Mayor thinks is important. Go Stacy for putting his feet to the fire. I think Stacy should be the Mayor. He says it brings in income. Would love to see the cost vs the income brought in.
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