State To Loan NPU $13.5 Million

The State is going to provide Norwich $13.5 million in low interest loans to upgrade its water treatment plant. There are two things that are a little hard to understand about this: I thought that Connecticut is basically broke and has to make all kinds of drastic cuts — yet it has 13,500,000 to loan to Norwich? I have this feeling we are not the only town receiving “low interest” loans. Secondly, what about the exorbitant water/sewer rates that we residents are currently paying? I have watched my water and sewer bills balloon n the past 5 years since I have had the pleasure of living in Norwich. Can I expect even higher rates since we seem to have to borrow all this money? If so, where is it supposed to come from? Just askin’…

Norwich Budget

I read this morning that the City Council passed a budget for this fiscal year that contains serious cuts to make up for the losses due to declining revenue from state and local sources. The vote was close: 5-4. Democrats were against the cuts (what a surprise) and one Republican sided with them. My question to those who oppose the cuts is this: what is your alternative? Raise taxes again? Watch more people leave the city and see even more of a revenue decrease?

I hate to see positions eliminated, especially in the current economic climate in this state which isn’t conducive to the idea of finding anther job right away. I’m sure we need the case worker whose position is being eliminated. I hate to see cuts to such vital institutions as the Otis library. But what is the alternative? If the money isn’t there, it isn’t there. I hate to see police driving cars that need to be replaced and going short when one of them takes a much-deserved vacation.

I would love to hear alternatives to the cuts that are happening. I love to hear some new ideas to lure jobs back to our fair city.

Your thoughts?

The Crazy Political Scene

At first, I was thinking about doing a blog post on the ever-increasing water and sewer bills in Norwich, but have since changed my mind and will focus on the current political climate in regard to the presidential race.

Did anybody bother to watch the interview between Chris Wallace and the President yesterday, airing on Fox News Sunday? I did, mostly because I was feeling under the weather and happened to remember that it was going to be aired. When Obama was asked about his Supreme Court nominee Judge Garland, he made it clear he will stick with him ‘until the end.’ Personally, I like him and think the senate should put aside this insane political quibbling and give him a hearing. I don’t care about the Democrat’s behavior in the past — whatever they did or didn’t do should not become precedent for both parties going forward. Let’s be better than that.

On to the Republicans… they started out with 17 candidates and now we are basically down to two (sorry, Kasich): Cruz and Trump. Not much of a choice, in my opinion. I will say that I would be more comfortable with a Cruz presidency than a Trump one. In fact, my values are much more closely aligned with those put forth by Senator Cruz. My problem is that he is not well liked and I fear another 4+ years of no accomplishments by congress. I don’t feel all that confident that he can beat Hillary in the fall. Not at all. In regard to Trump, I don’t see his base growing much beyond the emotionally-driven cadre of support he has now — who don’t seem too concerned about his lack of concrete for plans moving forward. His outrageous statements and childish behavior are so far from presidential it is nothing short of pathetic. I have to say I would probably vote for him before I would ever support Hillary, for the sake of one important issue: the fate of unborn children. I really hope it does not come to that.

Your thoughts?

Pray For Our Country

I find it amazing how one man (Trump) can stir up so much emotion and racial tension by even the thought of his presence in any given town. I’m watching what is going on in Chicago on TV with great amazement. Of course, in my opinion, this sort of tension began with one President Obama. I had so hoped for unification back in 2008 when he was elected to the highest office in the land and it seems like all we have received is more strife and racial division.

I pray this division can be healed. And soon.

Debate

Things are certainly heating up in the Republican party lately! Mitt Romney is going to give a speech today — in which he will likely try to make his case to the American people. Tonight is the debate on Fox, where we can expect yet another blood match between Trump and a desperate Rubio.

I really have conflicting thoughts/feelings around Trump as a candidate. I want to believe that he will actually do some of the things he says he will. Plans to achieve these goals are a bit on the thin side, to say the least.

I was discussing this with a friend last night who is a fellow Christian at a Bible study we both attend. He was quick to remind me that God is in charge, no matter what happens.

My big hope is that we elect a president who is pro-life and not just someone who says they are. Too many innocent babies are killed each year for the sake of convenience. On that issue, I am inflexible. In regard to foreign policy and economics, I have definite ideas — but none of that compares to the issue of saving lives.

The Trump Phenomenon

Does anybody really get the Donald Trump phenomenon? I do. I say that right at the beginning of this post with the disclaimer that I’m not currently a supporter. I just simply understand the reasoning behind his popularity. I suspect that you, the reader, also get it. People are angry. Very angry.

To my surprise, my brother also supports Trump. He said this is a recent shift in his thinking, after having taken time to consider the issues, Trump’s stand and his record. A success both in his career and with his investments, he feels that Donald Trump is the best solution to counter the decline America is currently engaged in.

When I pressed him to offer any details as to how Trump planned to execute his [sometimes] outrageous ideas, he proceeded to explain to me that it is a common practice for a businessman to lay out his goals or perhaps “visions” and then work out a plan to achieve them. Maybe. I know, in my profession, I have an idea, build a plan and then present it to those I report to. I don’t look for senior management to sign off on an idea without some type of business plan! One of the first questions I am always required to answer is one of cost. So how does Trump get away with crazy statements like the one about  building a wall and making Mexico pay for it? How about deporting 11+ million illegal immigrants? Who pays for that? Will troops go door to door?

Perhaps Mr. Trump is what we need in this country — but right now, I don’t see it.

Update June 7: There are a lot of people who think he will be just what we need. Can he win? Perhaps.

GOP Debate = Wrestlemania…

I was really ashamed tonight as I watched the Republican candidates make preparations to hand the election to the Democrats. My fear is that Donald Trump will become the nominee for the party and lose in the general election. The only candidate I like is Governor Kasich, but I don’t see him standing much of a chance as he is perceived by many as part of the “establishment problem.” I guess that part of me did enjoy watching Rubio take the gloves off with Trump — but, unfortunately, the whole thing turned into a childish debacle.

As a Christian, I must remember that the whole thing is in God’s hands. I pray for guidance in voting for the right candidate. I know I cannot vote for anybody who isn’t pro-life. Someone has to be an advocate for unborn children’s’ lives and I know Christ certainly requires that of us as His followers.

But please, someone explain to me why there was a giant hot dog in a blue bun behind the candidates?