by Linda Moore
If you have a garden spot of any size at all, use it this year. If you don't have a garden spot but do have lots of flower pots, coffee cans and the such, and can get some dirt in them, do it. I highly advise all of Bradley and Cleveland to plant what you can, where you can. We have so much thick and heavy manure in Bradley and Cleveland that even the residual effects of it will cause you to have a wonderful garden. Because of this intense amount of manure that is covering our area, I have no article for you this month.
I was going to write about how the Bradley County Government has no time clocks. I was shocked to learn that even with hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds of employees being paid via tax dollars; we have no time clocks at all. We keep track of all of these hundreds of employee's time on an honor system. I was going to point out that this is very unprofessional, foolish and that it would behoove us to have time clocks that at least kept up with hours.
Then I was going to write about Dr. Denning, (city board of education director), calling the county, "criminals", because they don't pay more for education. But more manure was shoveled onto the educational platform and then I was going to write about the county always having to give the city school board one third of all the money borrowed. I was going to point out to county residents that they need to pay cash for any school building or projects because it's just good business sense.
But even more manure was heaped upon the educational fiasco's. It seems that the county schools sent out political notices to parents via the children to tell the parents that they needed to beg for the government to raise their taxes. Is this even legal? Can we do that? Can we use the public schools with our children as pawns to send out tax increase begging notices? I was going to suggest that every citizen in the county and city demand an itemized list showing where every penny would go. Ask for a written contract that shows where every penny goes before you agree to any tax increase. And please, please, please, don't ever call a county commissioner and ask for a tax increase. You might get it and then the money won't go to where it was intended. In fact, call and ask for tax decreases and demand that the money be better spent.
Then I was going to write about the Sheriff's new plan for all of our confiscated goods. I was going to suggest that instead of using his new www.propertyroom.com to sell these goods at a cost of 50% per auction, that we keep our revenue local. Let me say it again, keep our revenue local. I was prepared to give you a books worth of
information why it's better to have more auctions on the local level for us and I was going to explain why this would be more profitable but the guns came up.
Then I was going to write about the guns that the Sheriff no longer wants to auction off to the general public. His idea is to sell to dealers. Or trade the guns in for more guns for the BCSD. To be honest. It might very well be more profitable to sell these guns to a local dealer, (keep the money local). But perhaps this is an issue that belongs on a referendum ballot for citizens to vote on. Y'all might want to maintain your right to bid on these guns at a public auction. But perhaps y'all might want to make a dab more money.
Whatever you decide, remember, we need to keep the revenue local.
But I didn't get to write about any of the above topics because even more manure was spread over our fair county. I don't even understand this one. Somehow there is division in the county office and the juvenile judge. It came from an ethics ruling. I do not know who is right yet. I do know that Dewayne Bunch entered this foray. Which reminds me....
Dewayne Bunch, It was unethical of you, it was a conflict of interest, for you to become involved in a local foray between two elected bodies. Dewayne, you represent everyone. You should have politely referred Judge Dan Swafford to someone else to garner a professional opinion. This has nothing to do with who is right and who is wrong. It has to do with ethical behavior. You need to focus on the state level. It is your job to represent every citizen equally and fairly and not take sides. This has nothing to do with the scattering of more manure over Bradley. This is specifically about your professional behavior. Please feel free to contact me with any clarifications or disagreements. Linda
So here we are; lots and lots of manure covering Bradley and Cleveland. So much manure that I can't write a solid article. Put a garden out folks. It will surely grow. Let me remind you, Dear Citizen, you are the boss of all elected officials. Use the manure to fertilize your garden but don't let them bury you in it.