Speak Out Loud NA

Friday, January 27, 2006

Problem Solved - Here's the Real Deal

To read the contents of the letter, see the article below, and follow the discussion link that is going with that posting.
This Posting is simply to satisfy Inquiring minds who want "proof" or "documentation" of the reported developments.


  • Keep throwing the truth out there!
    How can they continue to disbute our evidence.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:22 AM, January 28, 2006  

  • Are you saying Donnie Blevins got the contract to pick up the garbage in the city and county? Wouldn't that be an hugh increase in pay for Donnie? Help, I do not understand.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:33 AM, January 28, 2006  

  • I don't get it either. Who was this letter sent to? And what's wrong with Blevins starting his own business? Isn't competition good for the consumer? Aren't there other city employees who own businesses, too?

    By Anonymous so what's the issue?, at 9:32 AM, January 28, 2006  

  • To: so what's the issue? - I would think it would be illegal to be in competition with the new privatized company in the same area, doing the same work. Most contracts have a no competition clause and certainly not from the people who originally did the work. Let's assume, Blevins could take 25% of the customers in the city from the new privatized company, I believe the City of New Albany would still be obligated to pay the new privatized company the orginal agreed amount. Was the amount 1.3 Million. Isn't Blevins a city employee. Now if you can't figure that one out, call your councilman, perhaps they can explain it. Or maybe not! It is important to ask questions, but more important to demand an answer.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:13 AM, January 28, 2006  

  • best be careful about making accusations about mr. Blevins, city council does have an attorney and he could represent mr. Blevins in a defamation suit

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:27 AM, January 28, 2006  

  • anom 11:27: Oh, we are really scared now. You might wish to look up the word defamation in the dictionary. We see questions asking about the intention of the recently organized Sanitation Department and flyers signed by Blevins distributed publically in the county soliciting business for a newly formed Sanitation Department. If the attorney for the city council would represent Blevins then there must be more to this new business than we presently are aware of. We believe the attorney for the city council is to advise the council about legal issues not defend all the goings on of the city council members. If Blevins wants to do something really productive, he can go back to the county and collect his flyers, which is litter, out of the MAILBOXES (which is illegal) and that would be a beginning to clean up Floyd County. Everything comes to light in time and this will also. Just our opinion.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:44 PM, January 28, 2006  

  • CM Blevins did not recieve the privatization contract from the city. That contract went to a non-existing company, which is being formed without disclosing the partners, exclusively to take over the City sanitation services.
    (except for the Housing Auth. the biggest losing customer they have)
    That one will be called "Southern Indiana Waste Systems".
    Blevins is attempting to take a run at his own business with the
    start-up of a competitive source called the "N.A. City Boy's Sanitation Department".

    By Blogger East Ender, at 1:53 PM, January 28, 2006  

  • we would wonder too who the owners of the first "phantom" company are, too. We can't seem to find time to get to the library & research 1984 to find some info about the main man mentioned in those minutes.

    The contract WAS DRAWN UP without a "non-competing" clause, which gives Councilman Blevins every right to pursue this "dream".

    The issues are to us the following:

    1. Get that tax id from the state

    2. Has a job at the Street Department, starting his own sanitation department, is a preacher, and is a City Councilman. How does he find the time; and by the way, who's paying for the cell phone on the letter, and when is the letter being distributed?

    3. Forgot where it was distributed, we can not reveal our sources, so sorry. Jobs are at stake here.

    4. There is a guaranteed amount to be paid to this "newest" company but in the process they are using everyting we own free of charge while the "rest of the contract" is being worked out. WE GOT A REAL PROBLEM WITH THIS ONE.

    5. Have a good evening, NA.

    Read somewhere today, courage is not just asking the hard questions, but being able to hear the answers is where real courage may be required. How appropriate.
    Our opines, reflections, takes, whatever it takes to qualify under "freedom of speech"!

    By Anonymous We Can See A Few More Issues Out Here Too, That Don't Involve Mr. Blevins, at 6:34 PM, January 28, 2006  

  • Courage is pretending to be a College Professor of Political Science.

    By Blogger The New Albanian, at 8:00 PM, January 28, 2006  

  • god! why don't you get off of it already!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:08 PM, January 28, 2006  

  • MYOB, Mind Your Own Business...how does that song go. Read somethin' about it in the paper the other day, along with Benjamin Franklin, of all people.

    Remember, New Albanian, there are no issues here on SOLNA, so stay with you and yours, link up like someone suggested to the SO Ind Chamber of Commerce and actually do your good deeds there.

    Having never seen you thank any citizens that could possibly be on here and frequent your establishment, which makes you SOOO more successful than the rest of us...tells us a lot, huh?

    Our family agrees with the lady from Sellersburg which was a guest writer in the Trib, MYOB.

    Can't add anything to the issue; don't know anything about it; maybe that's the rub.

    Other than that, we will simply take the attitude of "ground clutter" as some people have so wisely attributed your attacks. Ignore, Ignore, Ignore, maybe the whole durn thing will go away. What do ya think?

    Our opinions this evening...subject to change upon information being provided to taxpayers.

    Thanks, Eastender.

    By Anonymous If You Can't Stand The Heat; Hey, Stay Out Of The Kitchen!, at 10:18 PM, January 28, 2006  

  • Yeah, ground clutter is all it is.
    Actually, it's mind clutter.
    He simply must prove that no one in New Albany is as smart as he is, so he can't just let it go. It's a clinical thang.
    As for beating up Steve Price and his analogies to a household budget when it comes to his fiscally conservative motivations, we would like to offer the following info:
    "The governor is doing with the state what a family does with their own finances. If the debt is large and we have been living beyond our means we make tough choices that no family member enjoys. We sell unnecessary assets, trim fat out of our budgets and look for increased sources of revenue."
    Tim McDonald, local columnist

    By Blogger East Ender, at 11:06 PM, January 28, 2006  


    By Anonymous Response to East Ender and Others That May Happen To Care About Taxdollars at Work in NA, at 12:11 AM, January 29, 2006  

  • Furthermore, gathering up tax abatements might just help things a bit in that "...increased sources of revenue" area he speaks of.
    The Freedom of Speech blog revealed the City's total tax abatements, and revenue loss.
    It is an interesting itemized list, but I will only take the space to repeat the summations here:
    Real Estate Abatement Total .................$20,018,800
    Personal Property Abatement Total .....$9,729,940
    Total Abatement.......................................$29,748,740

    In turn, New Albany is putting the "costs of doing business" on the backs of rate-payers and citizens to make up the dif.
    Now they want to back bonds with citizens Property Taxes for 17 years. This is an entirely foolish thing to do.
    I don't care where one stands on other issues at hand in New Albany, but this is a basic -bad idea- from someone's imagination.
    I vote for a vote.

    By Anonymous interested party, at 12:16 AM, January 29, 2006  

  • Dunno if THEY WERE ALL listed. There are tons of them, in the millions, unbelievable. How come "they" aren't screaming at us on WHOM kept them in committee for ten frigging years? Must not want to know. It's just a joke, at our expense. What the hey? The hey is "they" can't figure out it's our hard earned tax dollars, and theirs, technically; but by gosh, we are paying them to TAKE CARE OF 'EM. Wouldn't it be nice? What a thought. Let me rephrase that, what a dream. Yeah, that's more like it. Speaking about dreamin', thanks for letting me spout off my opines for the eve.

    By Anonymous The TEN YEAR SAGA of Tax Abatements & Council, Right???????????, at 1:14 AM, January 29, 2006  

  • newalbanian
    Some people don't need an "ego counter" on their blog!
    Wonder how many "Thank You" emails you recieve a day...uhhhhhhh!

    you finally met your match!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:37 AM, January 29, 2006  

  • As I read the blog, I was reminded what I had heard years, and years ago. Louisville was the rich uncle, Jeffersonville was the slobby sister, Clarksville was the spoiled nephew, and New Albany was the old maid aunt. I heard this 35 to 40 years ago and you know, by golly, I think they even had it right all the way back then. Old maid aunts just cannot get it, they let people walk all over them, including the spoiled nephew, they don't complain, other than to themselves and they have no plan for a better future. They are never going to change because they do not know how. This is how they do it, this is how the old maild's parents did it. This is just the way it is, and she shows little concern about new neighbors or for someone who may have a better idea on how to do things. People do not visit her much due to odor. Think about it!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:11 AM, January 29, 2006  

  • Weeza mites agreez with sum of those thar thangs you sayz but in others partz we dont.

    Ya oughta look at sum electred officils thur buddie. Wez been trying to get rid of the "odor" for awhile now, gosh durnit. Howz long a round 15 or sos years tryin to fix that thar odor. Howz long has a yu been trying thar?

    Does you see that thar lite at the end of that there tunnel? Me think that thar thang mite be an oncomin train wreck ahappenin. That thar barg incident gonna seam kinda small compored to that there othar "odor".
    You alls can keep on stickin yurs heads in that thar sand. Just member what iz stickin up thar in that thar air. Theez wuld be ours opinons. Thanky.

    By Anonymous Yeah, We'za knowz About That Thar Odorz Coming Thru This Here NA, at 10:24 AM, January 29, 2006  

  • Yep, and the Old Maid may have passed away and now her greedy nephews and nieces are squabbling over "nothing", because NA is broke.

    Good to read the Budget hopefully will be in in February. Good to read they are looking at the budget items again. Good job today, Tribune. (Even if it did have New Albanian's letter in there.) Everyone is allowed their own opinions; and we have ours.

    Still say Mr. Mayor, there is no non-compete clause in that contract (we wouldn't know about the one still being finalized). Please let us in on the State Law that would prohibit such a scenario as is unfolding.

    Looks like the Tribune will now have an electronic posting sight. Good. As a reader for the past 15 years, things seem to be looking upward for the ole Tribune.

    Thanks for the space. Our opinions.

    By Anonymous Interesting Tribune Today, Wouldn't U Say, Folks?, at 2:37 PM, January 29, 2006  

  • Another point is that the Mayor said Blevins cannot compete with a City service.
    However, sanitation is no longer a city service: He privatized.
    A private company is fair game for competition the last I knew.

    By Blogger East Ender, at 4:47 PM, January 29, 2006  

  • its a city service in that the city retains legal authority over the contract, its called an agency relationship and as such final authority resides in the executive branch of the civil city of New Albany, why dont you ask legal beagle or Eric the anonymous college professor?

    Like like Ronald Reagan used to say, "Now there you go again"

    By Blogger Tim Deatrick, at 4:53 PM, January 29, 2006  

  • Stutter and all?
    Like like....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:29 PM, January 29, 2006  

  • Someone said that the Mayor did not include a "no competition clause" in the contract signed with the new garbage collection company.

    And-- that left the door open for other companies to come in to NA.

    Is that true?

    Why can't they find out the names of partners in the background of the new company that the Mayor and Board of Works signed the contract with. Aren't there legal records somewhere in the city or state records that show the partners names?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:57 PM, January 29, 2006  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:57 PM, January 29, 2006  

  • Tim,

    Why don't you go to school and get YOUR LAW DEGREE. It is obvious we have a City Attorney versed in Criminal Law, not Civil or Government, which are totally different beasts. Your words have no credibility here, Tim, take it somewhere else please. Thanks.
    We couldn't disagree with you more...
    Our opinions

    By Anonymous Timnmy,Timmy,Timmy,Timmy,Timmy,Timmy,Timmy,Timmy,, at 7:58 PM, January 29, 2006  

  • Let's go ahead and open this can of worms, since they are so anxious to get to the bottom of things.
    We have a lot of questions we want answered, and we want to know what other "conflicts of interest" are going on Downtown.
    There is nothing to prevent any other garbage hauler from soliciting business in New Albany.
    Have you guys looked around at the piles around some of the businesses in town?
    Pretty disgusting.
    It just goes from bad to worse with every stupid decision.

    By Anonymous interested party, at 8:25 PM, January 29, 2006  

  • To Questions:

    None that we've located so far. We are being told to look in Louisville at CJ articles from 1994, possible articlesthat will have the new owners' name. Some of us haven't had the tme. Thanks for asking though -- 1 piece of the puzzle at a time.
    Our thoughts.

    By Anonymous Partners in Sanitation Department, either 1, 2, or 3, at 10:44 PM, January 29, 2006  

  • EastEnder,

    Remember the ?'s raised about businesses not being included in this contract raised on this very medium by citizens?

    Remember the answers to the ?'s, at that particular point in time?

    Remember how the City Council was informed, alongwith the Council Attorney, Mr. Ulrich, the INDIANA STATE LAWS associated with disposal of our equipments, blah, blah, blah...

    If we don't have a sanitation department anymore, which we can't even figure that part out (yeah, we're going to keep 3 guys to pick up the Housing Authority & Business)...can't figure out which 3, except we "hear" rumored -- should I underline that word, Blevin's brother remained. Guess that will answer one of "his" partners -- what they hey do we the taxpayer know? It's only our monies, right? Who's fighting for all of us, equal representation?

    All we can do is literally pray the worm is turning, hopefully based on more insight, getting through the learning curve processes, and recognizing what is REALLY GOING ON DOWNTOWN. We will try and help clean it up, however we can. We've worked too hard to stop now.

    Thanks for taking that turn at a new type of electronic medium, Eastender. What a big undertaking by getting what information out to concerned citizens and taxpayers ASAP, only for their pondering of the issues. Let them come down on which ever side they would like to come down onto, but the derogatory, and hypocritical remarks will hopefully cease.

    How many times have we preached the word TOLERANCE on this blog? May want to search it out, and to have the New Albanian, after all the BS we've read from him, to even utter that word in today's Tribune sort of makes me wanna............. Reminds me of being in college and having a few (well, maybe more than a few) brewskis with your buds and you would get so philsophical and hey, we'd even argue over the weight of white bread vs wheat bread. The New Albanian reminds me of those days, with all of --how did Granny word it, yeah, those $10.00 words. Who needs it. Wish him well after the spout off today, he didn't take that Sellersburg lady's advice to MYOB.

    Our opinions.

    By Anonymous Let's Get It Fix & Quit Using Politics & Philosophy..........., at 10:56 PM, January 29, 2006  

  • To the anonymous (how charmingly predictable) "fix-it":

    The value of a word comes neither from you nor from Sellersburg.

    It comes from it being the right word, to convey the right thought, and at the right time.


    By Blogger The New Albanian, at 11:43 PM, January 29, 2006  

  • "It comes from being the right word, to convey the right thought, at the right time." Ciao u bad self.

    Isn't that subjective in nature, New Albanian? "The right time", when would be the "right time" for you to address taxpayer advocacy questions? "The right thought", when who or which thought would be right in your world? "The right time", and pray tell when the right time may be in your books, New Albanian?

    Selective reasoning and thoughts is all your posting brings to my mind at this point in time.

    Ciao, yourself, for now. Sweet Dreams, Both self-proclaimed Know It All About New Albany's Finances, and the Know It All About Religion vs. Non Religion in New Albany. That's just how we feel in our opinions.

    By Anonymous DEAR NEW ALBANIAN............................................................, at 11:51 PM, January 29, 2006  

  • The sanitation contract is loaded with problems and there are many questions left to be answered.
    Nothing new, or different, from many other departments in the City. Lots of issues before us.
    Thanks for the words of appreciation, they are what makes this a worthwhile undertaking.
    As I've stated before, this blog is designed for civic activism, and that means pulling back the curtains and letting the light shine in on the problems in New Albany. Then maybe we can fix them.
    Doesn't mean there's not good stuff that is, or can, happen, but
    we are not here to 'sugar-coat' our situation, or to turn a blind eye to the problems, hoping they will magically disappear.
    In that vein of community networking, people can ask any questions, talk about rumors they've heard, tell us what has them concerned, or anything else they want to discuss.
    Furthermore, they can do it anonymously if they wish. It makes no difference what name is behind the words, it matters what thought is behind the words.
    One must understand that to find worth in any word is to find worth in the balance of the entire thought that brings forth the word.
    New Albanian allows little worth to any word used to form the thoughts of any individual other than himself.
    Except maybe those that happen to agree with his own ideology.
    TOLERANCE, in his world, is reserved only for those he deems worthy of it. Which negates the entire concept anyway.
    He doesn't understand the meaning of such simple words.
    You're completely correct in your assessment of his "selective reasoning".
    That's what negates any worth in his words, for us, in this forum.

    By Blogger East Ender, at 1:19 AM, January 30, 2006  

  • Last time I check, New Albanian, some of the most worthy comments, or old sayings, etc., come from "Anonymous". Hopefully, one day your words will become immortal, and you will be referred to as the source "Anonymous". Wouldn't that burn you?

    Have a good one! Our thoughts.

    By Anonymous Opinions & Thoughts At A Very Late Hour of Night, at 2:27 AM, January 30, 2006  

  • We of faith, believe that God is watching over us and the truth will

    When you are feeling low and need some support, reach in your pocket and pull out a penny. Read the words on that coin.


    Can't you just see all of the
    dis-believers tossing their pennies on the ground?

    Don't worry--- we will gather up all
    of those discarded pennies and donate them to the church to support the good work of the LORD.

    In the words of that hymn,

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:16 AM, January 30, 2006  





    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:23 AM, January 30, 2006  

  • Guess God is now going to step in and fix this mess.....didn't know he was so intertested in New Albany's garbage situation.....figured he was too busy helping football players score touchdowns and singers win Grammy's.......you people never cease to amaze!!!............

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:15 AM, January 30, 2006  

  • Am I correct in that some posters here are worried that the new "City Boys" will be competing with the the company(SIWS) awarded the contract for NA pickup? I mean competing for pickup at residences in NA. I'm a bit confused. (I know that is it not major news to some of you)

    By Blogger Iamhoosier, at 9:29 AM, January 30, 2006  

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    By Blogger Iamhoosier, at 9:30 AM, January 30, 2006  


    Please refer to the sanitation contract and the 1.11 section about 12,000 households.

    Legally, the Mayor says he can stop any firm from coming in, including Donnie Blevins. We maintain there is not a "non-compete" clause in this contract and anyone can come in here and solicit our garbage pickup.

    Wish the Mayor would simply state the Indiana State Law that he says prevents this from happening.

    Probably, if the truth be known, 1/2 of NA would probably sign up with him. I know we told him to go ahead with us!

    Have a good one. Hope this clarifies. My favorite hymn is "I come to the Garden alone, while the Dew is still on the roses...."

    By Anonymous A RESPONSE TO IAMHOOSIER, HOPE THIS POSTING HELPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, at 9:55 AM, January 30, 2006  

  • Thanks for the response to my question.

    I'm probably all wet (again no surprise to many) but is not NA collecting the trash fees and then paying SIWS? So if a residence in NA signs up with anybody else won't that residence be paying twice? Once to NA and once to the "other guy". How would a residence opt out of paying NA?

    By Blogger Iamhoosier, at 10:12 AM, January 30, 2006  

  • Iamhoosier, I was thinking the same thing about paying twice. Eager to hear the answer to that!

    By Blogger ceece, at 11:11 AM, January 30, 2006  

  • I'm picturing a certain councilman diving after the pennies discarded by non-believers.

    By Blogger The New Albanian, at 12:56 PM, January 30, 2006  

  • Just a comment here. Throughout history, it has not been the nice, quiet manner, good guy, cry baby who changed history. It is the obnoxious, outspoken, willing to go on a limb for what they believe is what changes thing. One thing for sure, Newanbanian has sure stirred things up and has ask the hard questions and , in my opinion, he is exactly on target as far as what needs to change in New Albany. Further, it is my belief that he has the best interest of New Albany at heart. Also, don't you think he is really cute? Go Roger.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:07 PM, January 30, 2006  

  • I think I'm gonna be sick......

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:19 PM, January 30, 2006  

  • Anonynous Roger fan -
    You mean the obnoxious ones like Hitler, Stalin, and the like?
    I believe the real changes have happened because of people like Dr. Martin Luther King, JFK, and even John Lennon.
    Peaceful, non-violent, tolerant, and willing to work out differences.
    Not the "my way or the highway" obnoxious attitude new albanian spouts.

    By Blogger East Ender, at 1:46 PM, January 30, 2006  

  • Rumor has it, anyone who wishes to use a private hauler of their choice would simply call the billing agency and tell them they are using a different company and to stop billing for that service.
    We can't be forced to pay.
    Especially once the "details" of the privatization contract are revealed and we see where the real conflicts of interests are.
    Just our opinions and views on the situation.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:52 PM, January 30, 2006  

  • Anon 1:52,

    Thanks. I was not trying to argue. Had not heard that "we" may be able to get out of the NA fee. Not that I would necessarily. I would, however, be surprised if that was the case. I believe that we can be "forced" to pay. Just like we were when it is was a city owned service. The city is still providing the service--it just is providing that service through a private contractor. Most cities do not build their own streets but contract out to private contractors and we are "forced" to pay.

    Again, I am not trying to stir the pot. You may be correct. Guess we will see. Thanks.

    By Blogger Iamhoosier, at 2:18 PM, January 30, 2006  

  • I don't think a private citizen can opt out. Here are some selections from the city ordinances:

    All refuse accumulated in the city shall be collected, conveyed and disposed of under the supervision of the Sanitary Superintendent.

    (A) Any commercial establishment, industry, apartment building or institutional use may elect to have garbage removed by a private contractor, provided that:

    § 50.99 PENALTY.
    Whoever violates any provision of this chapter shall be fined not less than $25 nor more than $100, payable to the City Clerk as provided in Chapter 37.

    Just my opinion, not sure if it is right.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:19 PM, January 30, 2006  

  • To IMAHOOSIER, and The Last Non at 2:29 pm, we do not have a "sanitation department" any longer, right? Kept 2 or 3 guys down there simply for any businesses who wanted to participate, and for the New Albany Housing Authority.

    Therefore, City law no longer applies, and I again, would like to see the state statute the Mayor referred to in reference to Councilman Blevins.

    We are simple people, wanting simple answers. Thanks for asking a few of your own!

    By Anonymous ITS ONLY ZEROES0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000, at 2:53 PM, January 30, 2006  

  • This is not necessarily directed at any one person but take a look at the posts starting with mine at 10:12am. Ceece 1 hour later basically 2nd'ed my question. Almost 4 hours after my original post there was a response and then a few more. Thanks to all who responded, whether we agree, disagree or just don't know.

    Now look at approx. 1:00. A comment by NAC, a comment about NAC and two comments about that poster. All in approx. 45 minutes.

    I don't know if ANYBODY can talk about "clutter" without taking a strong look in the mirror. Myself included.

    By Blogger Iamhoosier, at 3:20 PM, January 30, 2006  

  • I just noticed that the random anonymous generator (RAG) wrote:

    Having never seen you thank any citizens that could possibly be on here and frequent your establishment ...

    To the contrary, I thank a few hundred people in the course of a typical week.

    It's easier to remember the ones with names and faces than it is to remember the ones wearing masks, but that doesn't lessen the sincerity.

    Now, what about rental property inspections? Instead of being dismissive about the chances of achieving it, perhaps some of you who've been through the wars can suggest how to proceed.

    If you're not following me, then read (psst ... you know where; gotta be quiet lest I get bumped out).

    By Blogger The New Albanian, at 4:50 PM, January 30, 2006  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:10 PM, January 30, 2006  

  • Yep. Lots of it. From people who, regardless of financial and professional status, actively pursue excellence in every part of their life in addition to beer through information and resource sharing via responsible, face-to-face dialogue with fellow citizens. How many of those have you attracted to the city recently?

    By Blogger bluegill, at 8:02 PM, January 30, 2006  

  • In God We Trust does not necessarily mean in "Christ" we trust, therefore I think its ok for a non-christian to accept an american note of currency, seeing as the barter system isnt actively pursued anymore.

    Regarding the "swill" comment, most definitions of swill liken it to slop and garbage. As a purveyor of craft beers and what most would consider to be high end,high quality beers, I dont think the swill definition fits Mr. Baylor's current product offerings. The swill you speak of can be found at the pubs and taverns frequented by the lynch mob that wants to tear down and cry corruption every week.

    Besides Anon. since you seem so concerned that Baylor accepts "christian" money shouldn't you as the missionary that you seem to want to be try to save all those souls from partaking of alcoholic beverages?

    By Blogger Tim Deatrick, at 8:59 PM, January 30, 2006  

  • What a hoot.

    As a contrarian and an atheist, seeing such a blatant religious advertisement on my cash is only mildly annoying, because when it comes time for me to spend it, my concerns are less with the unknowable deity being blurbed than with my loot’s continued viability as “legal tender for all debts, public or private."

    This God may or may not be many things, but He is neither the US Treasury nor the Federal Reserve.

    Now, back to the rental property inspection issue. It's a legitimate issue. Here's something to discuss with which probably all of us are close to agreement.

    Who amongst our current political leaders will be the ones to get the ball rolling?

    And how to we fend off the slumlord lobby?

    By Blogger The New Albanian, at 9:28 PM, January 30, 2006  

  • The New Albanian,

    "Now, back to the rental inspection issue"

    The rental inspection issue is the topic on your blog. You seem to be a little confused. This issue on this blog is contracts for the hauling of garbage and trash.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:39 AM, January 31, 2006  

  • 12 hours, one posting ... maybe the real issue is folks waiting for instructions from the big kahuna before knowing how to respond ... just my opinion, etc.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:20 AM, January 31, 2006  

  • Who is the "sanitary superintendant?" Is that the city manager or someone from the old sanitation department?

    By Anonymous garbage in garbage out, at 1:48 PM, January 31, 2006  

  • Don't know who the "sanitary Superintendant" is. Wish we could find out which "3" were left! Working hard on that one!

    New Albanian: We couldn't agree with you more about the absentee landlord & slum situation here in NA. Neighborhood groups worked together, when the Tribune did publish the eye sore of the week, with Council (which unaninimously I think) supported, concerning rentals. There was an old dumpster which had been sitting in the front of one of oldest buildings in NA for twenty (20) years. The Council and community helped pass an ordinance to OUTLAW dumpsters on a front lawn of a residence, unless it may be there temporarily for removal of remodeling. We also worked with several Senior groups as they complained the BIG companies from Louisville were coming in the middle of the night and waking all up at obscene hours. We also had a commercial property in our now "mixed" planning, and one was throwing us all out of bed when that dumpster fell back to the ground.

    The Council Members involved in helping us try ANYTHING were, let's see, Don Gibbons, Mark Seabrook, Larry Kochert, Bill Schmidt, Letty Walter, can't remember them all, and I apologize for that.

    We wonder if the true rub of why we can't enforce our building rules, etc., is because we do not have a City Court? Not sure, but it could be a possibility.

    You would absolutely have to have neighborhood groups UNITE to fight the slumlords of NA. They do have a lawyer, we watched them take up a collection, in the audience DURING the Council meeting. We all would have to find somehow to fund the thing to fight it, and the City just doesn't have the money now paying for those past mistakes.

    We are all still concerned with the state of housing in this City. Unbelievable...

    Now, back to sanitation issues, Mayor, why are two of my sanitation trucks sitting down -- where, at Bennetts? Might be wrong on the name of the impound lot, but have they been scrapped, salvaged, what is going on with our equipment. Thanks. Our opinions.

    By Anonymous IT'S JUST ZEROES000000000000000000000000, at 3:18 PM, January 31, 2006  

  • Inquiring minds want to know! How come James hasn't told the taxpayers Steve Caarter has been in town over the so called sabatoge deal? And giving false information to EPA? Seems like someone wants to investigate James now?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:22 PM, January 31, 2006  

  • I guess Randy andy is missing in action. Or Maybe he's busy with the mayor trying to figure how to spin things! Watch out randy your backin the wrong person!The key Democrats are runnin from Garner as fast as they can! Great political spin on WNAS the last 2 nights Mr. Mayor. Sounded like your trying to gear up for election 2007! Let's see who stands with you this time! Sure not going to be the Democrats! And the Rep. just sittin back laughin!
    How's it feel to have the key Democrats tell you "Your a One Term" Mayor.....Save face and resign!"...I know 10 people who recorded that WNAS dog & pony show and we promise it will come back and bite ya! And you say you done it all for us?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:39 PM, January 31, 2006  

  • Garner probably can't tell anyone anything about an ongoing investigation into the "sabotage" at the plant, among other things.

    The "political spin" has already started. It aired yesterday on the New Albany High School Channel. Those who would like to seem them, we're sure the school would let you have a copy.

    Our interpretation of this "spin" is simply a start to his campaign in two years, using our TAX DOLLARS (by using the HighSchool). How many times has the public tried to get the City Council Meetings aired?

    Now, do you not feel the citizens of this town have the right to rebut the comments made this week, and we were assured more were to follow? WE DO... We have some work to do quickly, taxpayers.
    The School Superintendant's name is Dennis Brooks, and is a very approachable gentleman, from what I know. Judge Lee Cotner would be another to listen to reason. Rebecca Gardenour is another person who will listen.

    Take care, NA, Our Opinions.

    By Anonymous STILL MAD AS HELL FLOYD COUNTY DEMOCRAT......STAY AWAY FROM GARNER...., at 11:58 PM, January 31, 2006  

  • We feel that is why he has started hanging out with the bar owner and Destinatins and the group called Progessives. The other Democrats have deserted the ship, hopefully. Do you feel they have a clue when the Assistant Mayor, oh, I am sorry, I meant the Operations Director, who is a preacher, sits on the bar owners' lap at Council Meetings.

    As someone else said, birds of a feather flock together, and if you think ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE HAVE NOT NOTICED, we would beg to say you have no awareness of your surroundings nor how you present yourself to others. ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. We've heard the words for going on yada yada yada years, and the same ole actions. Maybe the "Baylors term of the Gang of Four" may actually turn into a "Gang of Six, or Seven" -- who knows.

    We'd like to know if it is one or two of our trucks at Bennetts and if it is simply there for storage, why and how much? Thank you for the space and our opinions.

    By Anonymous More and More SanitationSanitation ?????'s, at 12:12 AM, February 01, 2006  


    Mayors have been interviewed as the head executive of the city for years-----in fact it may be done again with the students asking the questions-----after a filing date for an election---then the other candidate would be offered a chance to respond---in other words, step up to the plate and you will get your chance. I would love for them to air the council meetings with some of you speaking, so everyone could hear how really stupid most of you sound. I think you have the right, as you do and it adds a little comic relief to my day

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:23 AM, February 01, 2006  

  • The woodwork must be vacant about now, Divine Justice is being beckoned from on high and Laura is talking about real change: I do find it interesting that she chose three martyrs as examples of catayst. Here's to lost causes and opaque reasoning.

    By Blogger jon faith, at 12:07 PM, February 01, 2006  

  • So youre sayin the Mayors race has already started on TV. Gee, we sure is ignorent. What with uz not donatein anythang, guess he have to get it nother way.

    By Anonymous TO WHOMEVER, FROM WHOMEVER, ABOUT WHATEVER, at 5:15 PM, February 01, 2006  

  • Garner all the way, bring it on little morons

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:50 PM, February 01, 2006  

  • Yvonne,
    you done a great job on the design for Valley Anns items with cafe press. GO GO GIRL! You are a valley girl! D

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:43 PM, February 01, 2006  

  • Yvonne,
    We always knew you were a closet Republican. Way to go, girl! Thank you for supporting the citizens like you always have.
    You rock!
    Valla Ann for a better New Albany.
    What a great slogan.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:04 PM, February 01, 2006  

  • Please leave my name out of the political politicking out here in blog land. I appreciate it. Don't be associating me with other parties than what I am, a true Floyd County Democrat.

    Somebody sure wants my name to stay out here in the public arena, though, hey?

    Glad I stopped by. The mind wonders why, or whom, I may have "bothered" today... Well, haven't been around, so you can attribute all those quotes to someone else, and I guess I'll just have to keep taking the credit. That's okay. We've taken the C.R.A.P. literally for years.

    Have a good eve, NA. Sorry to rain on whoever's parade that got rained on. But, the thang is, it wasn't me.

    People who REALLY know WHO I am, WHAT I do, and HOW I feel, will be rolling out of their chairs over your comments. At least they'll find it humourous!

    Our opinions. They can't stick to the issues at hand. Thanks for your opinions, NA.


  • And yes, Blogosphere, as Randy calls it, that last posting was by YVONNE RAE KERSEY. Should have put that one on there. Sorry for the lapse in "thinking" for the moment.

    By Anonymous Yvonne Rae Kersey (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), at 8:14 PM, February 01, 2006  

  • By the way, what is the design for Valley Anns items with press cafe?

    What they hey are you talking about, especially with you using my name.

    Have a feeling must not be too important, or I would understand what rumours the other blogs are working on now. Must be getting too close to the fire.

    By Anonymous P.S. From Yvonne???????????????????????????????, at 8:18 PM, February 01, 2006  

  • Can we order in bulk? Is it cheaper by the dozen? Thanks for what you have done to promoste our candidate. This buds for you. Or at least this bumper sticker is!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:21 PM, February 01, 2006  

  • What on earth are you folks talking about?
    Looks to me like someone is trying real hard to turn things around from discussing the ISSUES to throwing around personal accusations designed to spread false rumors.
    However, your efforts are wasted because nobody knows what the hell you're speaking of!
    Back to the REAL issues.
    Just what are "D&D"'s vested interests in this political ping-pong of party affiliations?
    Let's investigate.

    By Blogger East Ender, at 8:45 PM, February 01, 2006  

  • Thanks for that at least. I don't drink BUD; I already became one "BUD" wiser.

    By Anonymous Anonymously back to Anonymously, Forever Yours!!!!!!!!!!, at 10:07 PM, February 01, 2006  

  • Laura you need to check out Baylors blog. CAFEPRESS.COM-- CLICK ON IT. Rumor is computer whiz Yvonne-Valla Ann's neighbor designed "Elect Valla Ann's for Mayor" items. They are awesome. We all know how gifted Yvonne is! Check it out! Great job Yvonne..We know Valla Ann will love them. This is a real neighbor helpin a neighbor.
    Great blog Laura

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:43 PM, February 01, 2006  

  • I dunno about that. Those red white & blue patriotic designs sure remind me of Erik.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:16 PM, February 01, 2006  

  • To anonymous at 10:43 -
    Two things:

    1.Your information is all wrong, and everyone knows it.

    2. We know who you are.

    Curious as to why you felt the need to do something so juvenile?

    By Blogger East Ender, at 11:43 PM, February 01, 2006  

  • To Anon, as Eastender says, "YOU ARE ALL WRONG". Don't know why the attempt would have even been made. Valla Ann is a Republican, and a die hard one at that. Yvonne would be one of your die hard Democrats, and proud of it.

    You are false dissemiting false information, but whatever works for you.

    I know nothing of what you are speaking of -- except one of my friends are checking it out, and because of all of YOUR CLAMOUR, she's making one up that says 'KERSEY FOR MAYOR". Now...


    Just hate for you to use my name in vain. My opinion, and in my book, that just may be all that counts. Better check on that 1.
    Ya'll got taken for a ride...enjoy it!.

    By Anonymous Yvonne Rae Kersey and more********************************, at 2:32 AM, February 02, 2006  

  • Our family can see it now, KERSEY FOR MAYOR - VOTE THE "STRAIGHT" TICKET."

    Thanks, our opinion, etc.

    By Blogger The New Albanian, at 9:40 AM, February 02, 2006  

  • New Albanian: Thought you PROMISED New Alb Annie you WERE NOT GOING TO ATTACK ME ANYMORE with your gross insinuations.
    Your word is worth a whole lot of nothing. Better you, than me.

    If it makes you a better man, though, please proceed. Have a good one.

    By Anonymous Yvonne Kersey, at 11:19 AM, February 02, 2006  

  • The lady has a point.

    By Blogger Iamhoosier, at 12:50 PM, February 02, 2006  

  • Since when did I attack you?

    You said you were a hard-line Democrat, or something like that, and hard-line Democrats (or Republicans) vote the "straight" party ticket, i.e., you pull the party lever or color in the "all candidates" circle.

    I've never done it, but I don't belong to a party.

    What else would it mean?

    Paranoia ... big destroyah.

    By Blogger The New Albanian, at 6:33 PM, February 02, 2006  

  • Awwwww, come on now.
    You got your jab in and now you try to deny it was anything.
    Let's say you're running for mayor and what would your slogan be?

    "Baylor for Mayor"
    "Vote the "Godless" Ticket"

    How do you think that one would go?

    Originally posted 2/03/2006 11:19:51 PM

    By Anonymous interested party, at 4:18 PM, February 04, 2006  

  • how about all the little people for mayor, vote the ignorant and paranoid ticket

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:34 PM, February 05, 2006  

  • Baylor better have a talk with his best lil' Bud Lite-weight, Timmy.
    He's breaking the rules of engagement according to the All Mighty one who professes to be adamantly opposed to anonymous comments.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:28 PM, February 05, 2006  

  • Well the city has least done something by getting rid of those moron trucks. However I guess every administration has to show their stupid side. The handling of the city garbage should be a government department. By giving it to a private contractor are garbage charges could rise and fall at will the company could have employee issues etc...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:53 AM, February 13, 2006  

  • I guess what screw up isnt enuff for the city. I guess they have to do the aol thing and double bill us. I realize its not so much a new albany screw up more of the state doing its aol thing. Raising our water bill by adding a fee for storm drain repair is a sign of stupidity of local and state government. Simple solution is less talk more action. Our sewers wont get fixed by debating they just need to get off their butts and start fixing them. they have not even solved that problem now they wanna make it worse by adding the storm drain. the state is stealing from us. we already pay for sewer and storm drain repair so adding on a extra charge is simply theft.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:00 AM, February 13, 2006  

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