Archive for April, 2011
Morning Journal article:
Transplanted Brits watching royal wedding by Ron Vidikahttp://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2011/04/29/news/mj4461622.txt
I went to bed early last night knowing I had to pick my mum up at 5 am. I do not sleep well anymore but since I will be babysitting Gavin later on this evening I knew I was going to need some rest .
Gavin does sleep well but when he is ready to roll the rest of the world stops and Nana’s and Nag Nogs are rushed off their feet trying to keep up!
Best laid plans …. well you know the rest….. I was awoken from a fitful sleep by Misty who decided she needed attention at 1:56 am.
I decided rather than taking the chance of falling back asleep and missing the great day “live” I would wait and watch the events unfolding in my hometown. Of course I knew that my cousins etc would be watching so phone calls back and forth to London as I sipped my third cup of coffee ( to keep me awake)
I picked up mum to take her to Nikki’s , who thankfully had had her power restored from the storm yesterday. We wanted to watch on the large screen ‘plasma”- although right now I think I could used a transfusion .
Breakfast was not traditional but McDonald’s. Unfortunately their computers were down this morning at 5: am. it did take a very long time for the poor chap to add up our order sans computer or calculator – Oh dear….
SourceI was proud of the British people and their visitors – I longed to be there – to feel the patriotism , the sense of belonging – the history but I will remember sharing with my own mother , my daughter and her son a day shared by so many across this world.
I thought of my own wedding, my daughter’s wedding and I couldn’t help thinking of another broad-shouldered young man whose wedding and bride brought not joy, laughter and sharing or compassion but pain and anguish eventually to his loved ones. The tears that fell from my eyes this morning were those of great unhappiness on such a happy day.
And the naysayers as to the Royals can say what they like
http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2011/04/29/news/mj4461622.txt?viewmode=comments but there is no denying the Brits do pageantry well, the bride was beautiful and to hear hundreds of thousands of voices singing a national anthem was awe-inspiring – I just wish I could transplant a little of that to my adopted home town and the home town of my daughter and her son.
Lorain Public Library is requesting voters to renew a levy- Issue 10 on the ballot –
#10 – Lorain Public Library District
Renewal / 4.08 Mills, Current Expenses of the Lorain Public Library, 5 Years
I AM VOTING YES! absolutely no hesitation on this issue!
The library on their web page
has more information on the funding of Lorain Public Library systems
“Unprecedented cuts in state library funding have been devastating to Ohio’s libraries. To learn what the Lorain Public Library System is doing to maximize your tax dollars, download the Facts About Lorain Public Library System and Its Funding.
You can access the PDF file and Video for more information here
UPDATE!!!! What do you want to bet the City of Lorain’s insurance will say “ ACT OF GOD!”
Funny that “HE” mustn’t have been in this neighborhood until after CT Consultants and the sewer project- and if the EPA told the city no more taking the water straight back into the Lake Erie shouldn’t there have been a remedy put in place to stop this happening? Or is God the scapegoat?
CAN YOU SEE ME NOW??????
We are up to our necks in water and the following gives a new meaning to living on the water !
Charleston Village – the neighborhood- 1st Street-
It just bubbles up the man hole covers no match for our turbid torrents!
If the residents can’t go the lake the lake will come to them ( at least everytime there is a major storm in “recent” years….. hmmmmmmmmmm???? )-
So the Utilities Dept sent out a warning , I received it in this morning’s mail
DRINKING WATER WARNING ENCLOSED
and a two page letter to residents of the Cities of Lorain, Amherst , Sheffield Lake and the Northern Ohio Water Company
Today is April 22nd and the problem occurred Saturday April 9th , 2011 and Sunday April 10th
NOTE: If it is important enough to send out a letter It might have been nice to receive it before 12 days had passed
so that people who are at risk with severely compromised immune systems ( those people on chemo for instance) , infants and some elderly may be at increased risk would know that their nausea, cramps diarrhea and associated headaches were possibly due to that glass of tap water.
Yup it was nice to be thought of but how about contacting us in a timely manner!
Turbity-Turbidity is cloudiness or opacity in the appearance of a liquid caused by solids, particles and other pollutants. Turbidity measurement provides an indication of the clarity of water and water quality.
Sorry!!! but that is definitely shutting the barn door after the horse .
However since the letter asked us to share I am sharing
Contact 1-800-426-4791 E#PA
Part One – Political Pie with a side order of CHIPShttps://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/political-pie-with-a-side-order-of-chips/
For the past few years the organization CHIPS- The Coalition for Hispanic/Latino Issues and Progress has held forums introducing area candidates via tv and radio . They give the “opposing candidates” in any given race an opportunity to face off and answer pre determined questions.
Due to the crisis in my life the past three years I have not attended but I bit the bullet put on my emotional armour and attended last Wednesday’s forum at St. Josephs Community Center auditorium.
It was hot and I don’t mean the candidates – although the Mantini/ Higgenbotham slice of life was somewhat adversarial on Ms. Higginbotham’s side of the table 🙂
No, it was the auditorium that was hot and even the ceiling started to sweat. There were times I admit I expected a “can I have an AMEN!!! to that” as the penchant for bringing “HIM” into the forum was evident –
In the States, virtually every political speech seems to mention God, especially in the final call “God bless America”. In Britain, no politician mentions God and none would think of inviting Him to show a special preference for his or her nation state.
ah American politics!!!!! 🙂
Of course no one wanted to bring into the mix the dread T word ( taxes) not me read my lips and yet for all the NO Tax talk by politicians through the years we are still paying them HMMMMMMM how can that be ? 😉
BUT the audience for the most part did as requested and remained quietly respectful for the sake of the TV and radio broadcasts.
Although at least one audience member was using the time to gamble on-line ( I just don’t know why he was there actually !)
So to the questions – I am leaving my platform of ” don’t criticize what your aren’t prepared to change” just a little bit here.
The questions I felt should be tailored to the individual candidates race. For instance I realize the SB5 is a top priority at the moment for a great many and is grabbing news but it is “fluid” the LPA’s and the annoying (to me at least) the THEM and US statistics –
NOTEerr as an aside to the “di- visionaries” we are all in this community together what effects one affects us all equally!) AND I am tired of the WHAT IF scenario I want theWHAT IS question dealt with!
For example in my -Ward 2- We have two people running Mr. Drwal
and Mr. Flores . Personally I would rather have the questions put them
” What is your major concern with the Ward and what solution do you see and how would you go about implementing the solution”
The Council at Large candidates– their wards comprise the whole of the city- Ward 2 or 6th is very much different from Ward 1/7 or 8 –
How would they deal with those issues that divide – Give an example of how you promote legislation that would benefit the city in total.
I don’t much care as to how they would deal with SB5 -others are dealing with that at a different level. I am sure none of the candidates for our Wards and in fact any of those attending “READ” the 400 pages of SB5.
We are lucky if some read their council packets SIGH
There were a couple of hiccups as least one senior moment in the Lorain Mayor’s table talk and in the Council at Large table talk only one of the candidates actually “answered the question as it was asked”
All in all, in my opinion, there weren’t as many candidates on that stage as in previous years ( that could be due to “lack of opposition”) and the running of the event was a little less organized- but since I don’t care to get into the mix I will now shut up and thank CHIPS for the time and effort they put into these events.
You can view the Mayor of Lorain candidates table talk here
http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2011/04/17/news/doc4da896ace81ba989260642.txt and catch Channel 20 the LCS (TWC) channel for the evening’s events
BUT DID THEY???????????????????
Schools questions The first part of the CHIPS evening was given to issues and Issue 9 was front and center. If I could have asked a question this is what I would have asked:
Would the failure of Issue 9 be the absolute death knell for LCS or can they revisit in November and would that be the ultimate ringing of the school bell?
What exactly would the state do should they come into Lorain?
How do you answer those that are planning on using Issue 9 to “send a message” that what the current LCS Admin and BOE are doing is “not good enough” from a community standpoint, because it is the community that ultimately decides?
If the levy does not pass either in May or November how many mils will “actually be lost”. ( I have been informed that in actual fact the LCS would lose 3.5 mils that there is a bottom line of 20 that has to be adhered to Is that accurate ?
How , does a Board of Education and an Administration make plans for the long-term when apparently the current Superintendent Dr. Atkinson is looking to leave?
How does a BOE work efficiently keep having to deal with the changing of horses in midstream/ personal loyalties/dislikes and searches getting in the way of decision-making etc when there is apparently even a lack of information sharing among themselves?
As a LCS superintendent and the BOE are overseeing Lorain 2nd largest employer and a product of that is of the utmost importance to our future how are you going to deal with the downward spiral-
or are we “morphing and evolving into a new era of charter schools”
which will eventually become the way education goes in this city- will that be the death knell for LCS?????
If Irving is the poster child
then you better start worrying LCS !!!!
NOTE I just hope my pie and chips hasn’t left you with indigestion but a burning desire in the pit of your stomach to do your homework ! As always answers to questions and differing opinions will have space on this blog