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“To oppose corruption in government is the highest obligation of patriotism.”




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Shame, shame, our local Industries that cry endlessly for abatements, ought to feel the real shame for the troubles our schools are facing. Sure, there is blame to go around with our school Supt. and Board members for bad decisions and deceit to the voting public.

That is still no excuse for our elected City Officials to keep handing out Tax Abatements to the certain Industries who continue to pay sub-standard wages. This community has long had self serving interest that don't include the low paid workers, who week after week just get by as inflation has outpaced any yearly raises given. Just the inflation for grocery food has outpaced employee raises, let alone clothing, vehicle payments/maint., outrages gas prices, monthly utility bills, to name a few.

Even a couple nights stay at a hospital will diminish any couple's plans for getting ahead. Having Health Insurance is no saving grace either, especially at the local KDH. It's no secret our Schools, Universities and Colleges are paying administrative salaries way over the top while laughing at the teachers and the little people that really operate these businesses. Our local School Management, KDH Hospital and Hanover College are not exempt from these practices.

We even have dumb Politicians who go around and brag how immigration is good for America. Well, to a certain point it is. But, when it comes to Americans not getting a job because of Immigration laws not being inforced, it is plain wrong and disgusting. Back in 2006 thru 2010 there was a project at Ghent Utilities where local carpenters, rod busters, laborers, concrete finishers, etc. couldn't get a job, but if you were from out of the country.......our visitors had gainful employment to support their families and even send money back home, lots of money. We had people making more money than a 30 year school teacher or even our local Prosecutor with a College Degree. Thanks to the local state employment offices from Indiana and Kentucky not even being informed of that job, didn't help matters.

Seems to me, most of our blue collar suffers from two ailments. Corporate greed and Un-enforced immigration laws. Just my thoughts.


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We, the taxpayer, through the infinite wisdom of our city government paid the obscene amount of 13,000 dollars an acre for a 60 acre farm owned by a local citizen. We then stripped tons of topsoil from this purchase, dug a retaining pond, hauled the dirt to the river to build a park and called it economic development. This is our shovel ready park.
We, the taxpayer, through the infinite wisdom of our city government, took advantage of the newly defined definitions concerning TIF zone allowances and paid to have utilities ran to the new hospital when they were more financially capable than the city and county combined. Now we are considering annexation which will make the properties along these extended utilities more valuable and profitable to private developers. All in the name of economic development.

We, the taxpayers, through the infinite wisdom of our city government have built Julie Berry Way which serves to increase profits for private developers. We financed a water line on Dawson Smith Rd. which in reality was to serve the MPP expansion. All in the name of economic development.

TIF zones were supposed to be created to help revitalize blighted areas. Madison for some reason has become more blighted after the TIF zones were created. Our tax monies and TIF finances are being spent to appease our industries while our schools are slowly deteriorating. Why are our schools suffering in the name of economic development ? Maybe it's time to let the TIF district expire.


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I say Larry Henry for School Bored and Larry Henry for Mayor
What's the deal with Pietrokowski JB? Sounds like you have the nife out fur I'm?


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Doomsday clock ticking down on historic home
The wait is almost over...
The countdown is on for the razing of the former Dodd funeral home in Paris Crossing.
At a hearing on Aug. 20, Superior Court Judge Gary Smith heard testimony from Phil Layman, Area Plan building inspector, that he had been to the large brick home in downtown Paris Crossing four times since Barr was called into court in May about the condition of her home earlier this year.
At that time, she was given 90 days to secure and to stabilize the home.
"She has not complied with the order," Layman told the court. The only visible sign Barr has been at at the property is scaffolding being erected on the east side of the home and several poles erected holding up the front porch.
Layman said while he was at the site, a neighbor informed him that kids have been going in and out of the home, which he added is unsafe as defined by the county building code and a public nuisance.
Barr was not present to add any facts to the discussion.
APC attorney Brad Kage and APC Director Cheryl Trisler agreed that the home needed to be torn down.
The judge gave Barr 30 days to make repairs. If not, the home will be torn down.
Madison resident Ben Clements has followed the local case and was in the courtroom for the hearing. He lives across the street from the old Elks building which Barr owns in that historic town. That building, too, is in disrepair and on the verge of collapse, he said.
Barr also owns property in Tell City and Cannelton which have been the focus of public scrutiny due to their deteriorating conditions.
Clements praised the APC officials, their attorney and the judge, saying "You're the only people who have stood up to her."


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JB, thanks for the kind words. Having spent some time the last several days in the Dupont and Deputy area talking with people, there is great dissatisfaction and lack of trust for the School Superintendent and Board.

ON the other side, these same people have great ideas and suggestions that could make our schools better if only there was real collaboration by the Board and Superintendent with the people.

I am listening and learning from the people and am working hard to live up to your kind words.


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Heck. People used to be able to sit on the edge of the riverfront sidewalk when the benches were full and they didn't have a chair. Pretty soon they won't be able to unless they want their knees in their face.

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Ya know, it wasn't that long ago when I read an interesting article about attorneys and what happens to them if they are sentenced to do prison time. If they have been assigned a cell in with the main prison population, it can get really uncomfortable. Little portly fellows don't have a chance. All that time they spent screw-ing people comes back around, literally.

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in the dark.... It is time to start replacing this insane school board.

Two new candidates with common sense; Larry Henry and Rob Kring. Only vote for these two and no incumbents.

The 77% have spoken and want this school board and their superintendent gone. They have completely destroyed our school system as we have known it.

The citizens of Madison/Jefferson County(77%) voiced their concerns and the board and sup. just gave them the middle finger. We need to start attacking this waste and inefficiency in the bloated system of hiring friends of friends and root out this bunch of self serving thugs.


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In the dark...... They discussed closing Deputy school and then stated it wasn't really an option. So you had a notice that wasn't really a notice advertising a meeting where they discussed options that weren't really options. What is your gut telling you right now?

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In the Dark..Indiana code requires them to publish a public notice of meeting, post a notice at the building where the meeting is being held and notify media.

Yes, the notice is in the back of the paper. It is where all the notices for government meetings and such are under "public notice." I try to check it every day to see what various branches are doing.

They could help get the word out much better by posting on the front page of the MCS website and also on Facebook. Technically, they met the letter of the law. The spirit of the law though is another matter in my estimation and needs to be addressed.


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