As the days past, I pay more attention to what is done and less to what is said. I believe the worst form of any crime or deception is the misuse of children to accomplish the goals of those involved.
Seeing makes one believe; one may believe when one sees. I wish you well and hope that I am wrong on what I believe will happen.
What has happened in the past, concerning proposals and unfilled promises, is relevant to the present. Promises and incomplete proposals, of the past, have led to a community of non-believers with attitudes of cynicism and distrust towards politicians and religious leaders. If this project comes to fruition, it MAY create some trust for those who HONESTLY mean what they proclaim.
I believe a utilization study should be performed, by and outside agency, to determine if this library is worth the present expenditures. Should the old system be replaced with the 21st century of electronics?
Are we wasting money feeding a white elephant for the sake of status?
If all ”roads lead to Rome, will the fourth and 3rd roads lead to sixth, eight and ninth? You might want to include religious organizations. Beware the turned around collars and diamond laced fingers. View Comment
I don't believe there is a relationship to income and a commercial corridor.
This avenue is a gateway to parkways, highways and shopping centers. I believe people of all incomes and professions are inconvenienced by this problem. I believe the funds had been allocated for this project and THE Republican had to be prodded to use them.
A public man must never forget that he loses his usefulness when he as an individual, rather than his policy, becomes the issue.
Richard M. Nixon
5 Early Warning Signs of Ineffective Leadership
1. Visible, but unavailable.
2. Answers rather than guidance.
3. Communicating without openness.
4. Mistaking position for power.
5. Putting popularity ahead of respect.
"DON'T LOOK BACK. SOMETHING MIGHT BE GAINING ON YOU."
Looking forward and bringing this city into the 21st century requires progressive thinking.
If this administration is constantly looking back and living in the past, there is very little hope for the future.
A CITY IN DESPERATE NEED OF CREATIVE THINKERS!
I sat, watched and heard (BEFORE A STACKED AUDIENCE):
Veiled threats by, the mayor, to person(s) in this administration.
Acknowledgement to various relatives, religious leaders and others (IN HIS CORNER.)
North and South Carolina tales, mules and 80 acres.
Upcoming capital expenditures related to services.
Taking over or sharing the school tax revenue.
Personnel shortages in emergency service departments.
“Under certain circumstances profanity provides relief denied even to prayer.” Mark Twain
What I did not see or hear:
Creative thinking to resolve the tax situation.
Proposed boondoggles to South Korea on the taxpayer dollar.
Cutbacks on the double dipping patronage appointments.
Others and I could probably go on and on about what’s wrong, because there is so little about what is right.
Machine politics, in my opinion, has forced upon us recycled mumbling politicians of the old school.
POLITICIANS WHO ARE NOT LEADERS, BUT TAKERS.
THE STATE OF THIS CITY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER!
My utility bills are taxed, my property is taxed and yet we are looking for a superintendent who has crisis management experience. Who or what has put us in this position (financial mismanagement, corruption or both)?
I was there, I watched and I heard the presentations. I paid close attention to the questions asked by the board members. I paid little attention to questions asked by the public. I believe the questions, presented by the public, will be as usual totally ignored. Their claims about safety issues have been ignored over a period of years and nothing has been done to correct those issues (school board). Non-functioning elevators, water fountains and lack of entrance ramps? The SCHOOL BOARD should be embarrassed for not doing the functions you were elected to perform. Teachers recommending, to parents, that a gifted child should be taken out of this system? What does that say about the morale of our teaching staff? Is there too much emphasis being placed upon financial manipulation and less on needs of the children? Are the teachers looking towards the future (gaming the system) awaiting a ride on the tenure gravy train?
I pay my taxes and really have no choice but to pay them, regardless how I may feel. However: I am concerned about the disbursement of those funds. Should a School Superintendent be selected based on his knowledge of finances or is this a criteria set by this board? I wonder why, although to me it’s quite evident. Isn’t the job of the superintendent to point out the needs and the board to find ways to fund it?
In my opinion, although I know it does not count at all, I believe: The YES man will be appointed and the children will be continually robbed of their education. I have seen, over a quite period of time, the emphasis being placed upon questionable financial manipulations, political pandering, nepotism and springboard attempts for high political positions. I have no faith in this entire school board, I believe the person, that they select, will be the one who they consider to be less of a roadblock for their personal endeavors.
My vote goes to the person who is physically fit and mentally capable to perform a very demanding task (to me there is but 1). Three appear to be (take away the titles) worn tires looking for a retread.
WHAT I SEE IS A FRAGILE CITY ON THE BRINK OF DISASTER.
A witness to failure after failure, tax increase after tax increase without transparency and a city governed by corruptible mindsets. The leaders will blame others (using race, religion, sexual orientation or any excuse such as “it wasn’t on my watch”) for their failures; a common practice employed for cover-ups. I see a city government, led by the weakest links of a one party rule. I do not believe a fire department is the proper vehicle for the rehabilitation of criminals. In case of fire, in Mount Vernon, what is the proper procedure do we Call 911 before or after we secure our valuable assets?
Corrupt, inept and weak leadership, in all departments of a city will eventually lead to the demise of that city. The indications are the decline of property values; abandoned buildings and those of means will flee the scene, those who remain will become the vehicles for illicit gain. Welcome to Mount (Detroit) Vernon!
The DOMINO THEORY is to expose one department (like the snake cutoff the head) and the rest will follow.
Will there ever come a lengthy time period when this city is not in upheaval, making the negative media headlines?
State government takes over school districts, in our case it needs to use all options for take over of the entire Mount Vernon city government.
I see this city government as green pastures ripe for the progressive thinking of younger minds. IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE FOLKS!
Is this a conflict of interest? Isn't strange how the color of green breaks down most political and racial barriers? Is the person the right selection for this position?
Are the taxpayers being kept in the dark and continually being ripped off by corruptive behavior? Are the taxpayer dollars being somehow diverted for personal gain?
Are we being subjected to the theory of hold them down and convince them that they are receiving the proper education for their children, although they are, in reality, receiving an inferior product? Are we the foundation for the pyramid game of living large in retirement?
One of the past presidents setup his relative with a charter school, evidently this position does have its perks.
Be alert, taxpayers, the torch has been passed, the beat goes on and some things will never change UNLESS WE DEMAND IT!
KUDOS TO THE MAHOPAC SCHOOL DISTRICT!
It appears that the school authorities have seen the problems and have taken immediate action to correct the situation. It is quite noteworthy that they have instituted programs of understanding for most grade levels and schools. They have suspended the known students who violated the rules. They have opened up the channels of communications to rectify the wrong.
In my city of Mount Vernon, I have not heard of any forums addressing this problem. I only see and hear political rhetoric about lawsuits and attempts to put guilt trips on others. Are Mount Vernon adult men, seen taunting in the video, setting the examples for our Mount Vernon children to follow? How does anyone explain, to the Mount Vernon children, the actions of Mount Vernon immature adults? A “teachable moment” for who?
In Mount Vernon school systems do forums exist on minority contributions and accomplishments to the American society? Do forums exist on pride and how to maintain that pride in a non-violent manner? Are Mount Vernon students encouraged to standup and be heard when their rights have been violated? Are they encouraged NEVER TO BECOME THE VICTIMS of discouraging acts by others?
Yes, Ms Johnson, this is a teachable moment, not for America, but for the district you command.
Mount Vernon's Johnson: Racist Tweets Are 'A Teachable Moment For America'
CHECK OUT ABC CHANNEL 7 BREAKING NEWS!
THE VIDEO WAS BROADCAST ON THE PROGRAM.
The superintendent may want to change her mind about who should be sanctioned.
The Caucasian gentleman, from Mahopac, who shot the video came on and explained exactly what he saw and taped at the basketball game.
Well MOUNT VERNON SCHOOL board and superintendent, perhaps you may want to set up evening classes instructing adults on PROPER behavior at high school sports events.
Well Mount Vernon POLITICIANS AND DEMOCRAT MACHINERY, you may want to instruct the Mount Vernon ex-mayor, on proper conduct at high school sporting events.
PERHAPS THE STUDENTS OF THE HIGH SCHOOL SHOULD BE PRAISED for their mature behavior under adverse conditions. They have set the example, for adults caught on tape behaving badly, to follow.
ALL this grandstanding and racial rhetoric, concerning, mindless teenage tweets, may be necessary in the eyes of many, but the adults caught on tape are not without guilt.
The truth has finally been revealed should this superintendent be calling for the sanctioning of the Mahopac ball club?
Oh, by the way, the gentleman’s (who took the video) spouse is of African Descent and their children are BI-racial.
Be careful what you wish for! View Comment