So There!

12Feb10

Mayor Moron Speaks Out

Avoiding bickering comes at price for Stratford
By James R. Miron

Be careful what you wish for, Stratford.
After watching the first 60 days of a Republican-controlled town of Stratford (i.e mayor, Town Council majority and Board of Education majority are Republican), it is obvious the Republicans’ plan of governing in Stratford is two-fold.
First, blame and attack the former (Democratic) administration, loudly.
Second, unravel the progress of the last four years, quietly.
Mayor John Harkins has signaled this strategy quite clearly in the early days of his administration. Well, actually, his “chief of staff” has. You see, the new mayor generally speaks through his chief of staff and by written statement.
Of course, not surprisingly to this writer, no one has questioned the mayor’s creation of this new “chief of staff” position. However, nowhere in the town budget is such a position authorized or budgeted. What is a “chief of staff”? Who is this “chief” and what staff is he “chief” of? What are his qualifications? Is Stratford being run by a “chief of staff”? What is the mayor doing?
However, putting aside the “chief of staff” issue, and even putting aside the baseless and unfounded attacks on the prior administration, which I am sure we have not heard the last of, the most disturbing modus operandi of Mayor Harkins is his quiet, arrogant and planned unraveling of the agreement to protect Long Beach West and the animal control facility. What is next? Turning the Shakespeare Theatre into a band shell, as Mr. Harkins has often said around town?
All of a sudden, this is Stratford’s new reality: important decisions being made to make wholesale changes to publicly approved policy without meaningful public input. Worse, it is not like the new mayor actually told the voters where he stood on these issues during his campaign so we as a community would know what to expect.
So where and when does the next shoe drop in Stratford?
Sixty days into the mayor’s new administration and yes, Stratford has peace and quiet and no bickering from its elected officials. Congratulations, Mayor Harkins. Of course, as we can see, and as we will continue to see, that peace comes at a price.
That price can be seen by the arrogance of the mayor and his Town Council in ignoring two-thirds of the voters who spoke at the referendum on Long Beach West. That price can be seen by the audacity of the new mayor making up facts about Long Beach West to support his decision.
That price can be seen by the swift “killing” (the new administration’s new favorite word) of over a decade of work for an animal control facility that is beyond overdue.
Yes, the new administration led by Mayor Harkins and the Republican Party has ceased the bickering and fighting. Now, decisions are made quickly, quietly, without much public discussion.
I, for one, never cared for bickering or needless political fighting. I wish there was less of it while I was mayor. However, in a representative democracy, decisions are not made quietly, cleanly or even without political “fighting” sometimes. However, the end result is generally progress — progress we can be proud of — that involved compromise and transparent public input; that followed a process so members of our community can understand why decisions were made.
“Political fighting,” while often ugly, separates us from countries that actually use violence when they have disagreements. Or those countries that do not allow free speech or meaningful public input.
I have a strong feeling that Stratford may soon long for those days of past where we had public debate and discourse, and even the occasional party bickering.
Of course, maybe I am wrong. After all, the majority of people in town cannot even be bothered to vote.
Be careful what you wish for, Stratford. The price to pay for complacency is steep.


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91 Responses to “So There!”

  1. 1 citizenkane1

    What a friggen hypocrite and cry baby!! Nooow he’s an expert? F— him.
    Someone should call 911 a get him a WAHHHHMBULANCE!

  2. 2 mikereynolds

    He’s got balls I’ll give him that.

  3. 3 mikereynolds

    Our former disgrace of a mayor raised some issues that our new blogger Mayor2013 has raised here.

    Connection? Coincidence? Maybe now that he has a lot of free time on his hands our former disgrace is reading this blog and his material from here.

    Who knows? I’ll be convinced when he starts writing about anagrams, conspiracy theories, and the Trilateral commission.

  4. 4 1george1

    Actually Miron was correct about many things in the story.

    Of course he was wrong about a bunch too.

    Care about what you wish for ,,, in a american idol Daughtry song.
    I had posted, and offered “The Monkey’s pay” years before.

    I agree with Mike that Jimmy is probably reading the blog.
    He doesn’t care what people say or write.
    He loves seeing the name “Jim MIron.”

    Anyone disagree?

  5. 5 mikereynolds

    George that’s about the most lucid point you’ve ever made here.

  6. 6 jezebel282

    I agree that Mayor Moron reads the blog. But, I don’t think 2013 and Miron are the same.

    For one thing, 2013 can think as well as read and write.

  7. 7 jezebel282

    My turn:

    “First, blame and attack the former (Democratic) administration, loudly.”
    You and your cronies blamed and attacked everyone for four long years. Can you not accept responsibility for anything?

    “Second, unravel the progress of the last four years, quietly.”
    Really? Quietly? Shakespeare, LBW and the Shelter were published everywhere! That’s quietly? Or do you mean like you hired Justin Loschiavo? Or gave Mike Imbro and Pat Ulatowski escalator clauses in their pensions to get them to leave? Or how you hired outside private investigators to persecute McNeil, Soto and Farmer? Or maybe how you slipped Kent Miller $30,000/year plus another $87,000 in consulting fees.

    “no one has questioned the mayor’s creation of this new “chief of staff” position. ”
    Um……excuse us? Can’t you even give us a little credit for questioning Harkins openly? Moron.

    “However, nowhere in the town budget is such a position authorized or budgeted. What is a “chief of staff”? Who is this “chief” and what staff is he “chief” of? What are his qualifications? Is Stratford being run by a “chief of staff”? What is the mayor doing?”
    See above.

    “even putting aside the baseless and unfounded attacks on the prior administration”
    Baseless and unfounded? Are you kidding me? Pick ANY topic at random on this blog.

    “which I am sure we have not heard the last of”
    Finally! You are absolutely right about that.

    “his quiet, arrogant and planned unraveling of the agreement to protect Long Beach West”
    As opposed to all the lies you told us about this deal?

    “Turning the Shakespeare Theatre into a band shell, as Mr. Harkins has often said around town?”
    That might work! But you were just as opposed to Hanney weren’t you? Wasn’t that you yelling and screaming at Hanney? You are criticizing Harkins for agreeing with you?

    “important decisions being made to make wholesale changes to publicly approved policy without meaningful public input.”
    Mostly he is reversing all the policy decision YOU made all by yourself, Jimmy. We’re still stuck with Cavanaugh and Buturla though.

    “Worse, it is not like the new mayor actually told the voters where he stood on these issues during his campaign so we as a community would know what to expect.”
    At least he didn’t lie repeatedly and publicly about what he would do like you did, Jimmy.

    “That price can be seen by the arrogance of the mayor and his Town Council in ignoring two-thirds of the voters who spoke at the referendum on Long Beach West.”
    One more time, Jimmy. Let me type it real slow for you; Had you been honest about the “sale” in the first place, we wouldn’t have wasted our time and money voting for something that never existed.

    “That price can be seen by the audacity of the new mayor making up facts about Long Beach West to support his decision.”
    You mean facts like what was actually written in the exclusive option to buy. The same facts that were presented here at the time?

    “That price can be seen by the swift “killing” (the new administration’s new favorite word) of over a decade of work for an animal control facility that is beyond overdue.”
    Why should we be surprised that you don’t read the paper either? The Council is putting it out for rebid. Remember? You blew huge holes in the budget and fled with our cash? $3 MILLION is a tad pricey.

    “I, for one, never cared for bickering or needless political fighting. ”
    Oh, come on. You LOVED it! You’ve never seen an arm you didn’t want to twist.

    “However, the end result is generally progress — progress we can be proud of — that involved compromise and transparent public input;”
    Honestly, Jimmy. You didn’t choke on those words? “Compromise”, “transparent”, “progress”. What progress, by the way? Flowers and your name on signs don’t count.

    “I have a strong feeling that Stratford may soon long for those days of past where we had public debate and discourse, and even the occasional party bickering.”
    NEVER! We NEVER EVER want to go back to a mayor like you!

    “Of course, maybe I am wrong”
    Of course.

    “After all, the majority of people in town cannot even be bothered to vote.”
    Isn’t that how you got to be mayor in the first place?

    Ahhh…now I feel better.

  8. 8 phineast

    AHHHH Jez- you have outdone yourself this time with the picture. Very appropriate indeed probably your best along with the flaming finger.

    George- Jimmy not only needs to see his name in print but his picture too, narcissistic tendencies will do that ya know. That page of the paper is being donated to line the kennels at the pound. Sh*t for tat.
    🙂

    Jimmyboy- The election is over-get it? O-V-E-R….sound it out, look in the mirror and repeat it to yourself until you really understand it. Stratford is well rid of you. The only positive step ever made by you was on your way out the door-it was positive because now we have the opportunity to clean up the mess that you made.
    During your term in office there were multiple requests for job descriptions and expenditure justifications etc. that you ignored(just ask Gavin!). The good news is, we taxpayers are already benefiting from your being gone. We only have to pay one (mayoral assistant or) chief of staff-when you were in office we had to pay a whole damn cabinet and even then all we got was incompetence in my opinion(you insisted on hiring an epileptic cop for pete’s sake-how dumb are you?). Obviously my opinion was a common one because look at where you now sitting-not in town hall. Definitely no voter apathy there.
    You had public input and you still screwed us over. I think that Harkins is clear that the public wants the beach protected forever, the cottages gone and the habitat restored with public access for passive recreation guaranteed. He is not willing to give it away for free-all you did was waste tax dollars on legal fees to draw up an incomplete and uncertified contract that guaranteed nothing but a payment of legal fees and an out clause. You really went to law school?
    Your deal for LBW was misrepresented to the public by YOU. In my book that is equal to FRAUD. Actually those facts, you know the ones you say are manufactured were buried deep in the contract and you never followed through to complete the final process. Maybe it was in one of the memos you left for Ashley to sort through for you along with your socks? You should have paid better attention to the details.

    Shakespeare isn’t moving forward because actually you did not create a workable contract-that was the responsibility of YOUR office. Hanney did what any business person would do try to get the most for the least- that is what business people do–Council screwed that one up also but you failed to do your job correctly to begin with and refused to work with the guy on any level. For Attorney Knott to publicly state that that you still refused to work with Hanney even after he was willing to give a performance bond shows me that YOU were the person that bombed the deal. Was Hanney the right person for the job? I honestly don’t know. What I do know, is you had no business forwarding his RFP to begin with because it was not complete-again your responsibility. The devil is in the details. Damn those details…

    The type of political fighting that took place in Stratford during your tenure was the worst of the worst-Your lead in the fighting made Stratford embarrassed to have you in office. I still cringe when business associates say “oh..you live in Stratford…bet you are relieved that moron is no longer the mayor.” My response is always honest-“Yes, I am very glad he is gone, he left as much damage as Katrina-now we finally can begin the reconstruction of the community and the resurrection of the pride we once had in it. It is the perfect time to invest in this town.” Personally, I thought you relished in the political fighting because you could use it to try to hide your lack of maturity, incompetence, and (for lack of a better way of conveying it) Nazi like behaviors.
    Jimmyboy-I can promise you-Stratford will never be wishing to have you back in office-EVER! Swiping at the voters isn’t earning you brownie points. People didn’t believe you during your campaign, they didn’t believe you while you were in office and they don’t believe you now…..hmmmmmm why is that Pinnochio..cough,cough, Jimmyboy?

  9. 9 jezebel282

    Phin,

    Don’t you feel better now?

  10. 10 cstratct

    “Shakespeare isn’t moving forward because actually you did not create a workable contract-that was the responsibility of YOUR office. Hanney did what any business person would do try to get the most for the least- that is what business people do–Council screwed that one up also but you failed to do your job correctly to begin with and refused to work with the guy on any level. For Attorney Knott to publicly state that that you still refused to work with Hanney even after he was willing to give a performance bond shows me that YOU were the person that bombed the deal. Was Hanney the right person for the job? I honestly don’t know. What I do know, is you had no business forwarding his RFP to begin with because it was not complete-again your responsibility. The devil is in the details. Damn those details…”

    Phin, when did Hanney/Knott publicly state that he was willing to give a performance bond? The performance bond language was still included as of 3-30-09, was removed from the contract for the 4-20-09 special meeting touted by Mr. Julian, and when the final version was approved by the Council in June it had language that explained why the performance bond was NOT necessary.

    As for your statement that he had no business forwarding the RFP, the RFP is a Request for Proposals. That RFP is what the Town Council amended prior to issuance and initially brought us Mr. Hanney. Remember that it was the Council’s decision to enter into negotiations with Mr. Hanney. The RFP was the first step in the process. Perhaps you’re referring to the contract?

    Could Jim Miron have stopped negotiations when Mr. Hanney was unwilling to budge on any number of issues (performance bond, merchandising rights, naming rights and revenue, etc.)? Perhaps. But Mr. Julian had already accused Miron of not negotiating in good faith the week before the 4-20 special meeting. What would people (not to mention the majority of the Council members) have said had Miron ceased negotiations at that point?

    It was a bad RFP, a bad selection by the Town Council, a bad contract, and an overall bad situation. Thankfully the new Town Council saw what many others saw and killed not only the contract but the selection of Mr. Hanney by the former Town Council.

  11. 11 phineast

    Jez-“Do you feel better now?” Do you? Once all traces of miron are gone then at least I will feel safe again. The last 3 paragraphs of miron’s letter left me feeling a bit uncomfortable-why is there a need to discuss violence? During his tenure-the only time there was the opportunity to discuss anything was in public. If you did it in private you were cursed at, intimidated, threatened or retaliated against. Heaven forbid you were straight forward and honest with the guy-his level of paranoia was so great that even the most innocent suggestion was taken as someone was out to get him. The only place it got him was voted out and publicly humiliated to the point he failed to complete his term in office by carrying out his duties during the transition-he should not have been entitled to any pay for that-in my opinion it was one more opportunity for him to commit larceny against the taxpayers.

  12. 12 nomoreyears

    Holy crap! He got crushed in a landslide and he’s still spewing crap out of his mouth.

    I can tell you that the state democratic leadership thinks Jimmy boy is the plague itself. Untouchable and certainly not electable.

    Can anyone tell our former mayor that he is in need of desperate self reflection.

  13. 13 phineast

    CT- in the Charter under section 1.2.12 is the beginning of the Mayor’s responsibility with regard to the theater, then move on to section 6.5.2 and most important of all, 6.5.3.

    There is no doubt that the council also gummed things up in their desire and haste to get the theater moving again. The fact remains, the responsibility ultimately lies with the mayor. The last mayor, this mayor or any future mayor. I am counting on Mr. Harkins to exercise his intelligence, where miron failed.

  14. 14 phineast

    No more–it seems he suffers from a chronic case of rectal cranial inversion. Sadly there is no cure.

  15. 15 nomoreyears

    It is crystal clear the former mayor does not believe he lost the office due to his very own actions.

    I’ve known Jimmy for well over 20 years and he hasn’t changed one bit. A six year old trapped in a 40+ year old body. MINE! MINE! MINE! HE DID IT! NOT ME!

    No coping skills and still no humility.

    Phin, we may disagree on education in our town but you couldn’t have said it any better. I wish you’d post your rebuttal in the Post but then you’re anonymity would be blown.

  16. 16 nomoreyears

    RCI (LOL)

    HUB disease and RCI? Any difference?

  17. 17 phineast

    HUB is temporary, inversion is permanent.

  18. 18 phineast

    no more -feel free to cut and paste–

  19. 19 ronmoreau

    Phin,

    ” Once all traces of miron are gone then at least I will feel safe again.”

    Not to happen in the near future. The members on the DTC have still not been published yet. If I was a betting man, I would give odds that that name will show up on the ELECTED Democratic Town Committe list AGAIN.

  20. 20 ronmoreau

    2013 is just a short time away.

  21. 21 jezebel282

    Ron,

    “The members on the DTC have still not been published yet.”

    According to papers filed with the Town Clerk, these are the members of the RTC and DTC:

    https://stratfordcharter.wordpress.com/2009/12/19/gang-wars-coming/#comment-10055

  22. 22 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “Jez-”Do you feel better now?” Do you?”

    Yes. Yes, I do. I always feel better when lies are obliterated by truth.

    We still have messes to clean up, but at least we have a broom now.

  23. 23 ronmoreau

    Jez,

    OOPS!

    OK. I’ll give you 100 to 1 odds.

    I really should spend more time on my computer.

    I was on vacation at St. Vincents hospital on Feb.1st.

    This site just moves to fast for me. There is a lot of fluff between the important stuff.

    My point is that Mr. Miron will not go away in the near future.

  24. 24 phineast

    must be a mighty big broom!

  25. 25 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “must be a mighty big broom!”

    Right now it is about the size of a whisk broom.

    But if we all clap loud enough…….

  26. 26 jezebel282

    Ron,

    “My point is that Mr. Miron will not go away in the near future.”

    As you can see neither the DTC nor the RTC learn much from experience. Maybe it is a pattern recognition problem?

    Especially the DTC. Richard Miron, Rich Buturla, Kent Miller, Heather Habelka, Bruce Alessie, Tony Ross…they are ALL still there. Mayor Moron doesn’t even have to show up anymore.

  27. 27 1george1

    Well, I proved I knew how to get an attaboy from Mike R + Phin,
    in than Jimmy just likes seeing his name.

    The only thing I disagree with on the above posts, are that I do NOT
    believe either Miron or the Council had any INTENT on opening the
    Shakespeare Theater.

    Increasingly people are seeing what I posted in the past.

    All these pieces and issues are not completely separate issues:

    Raybestos field to Raymark to Moses Wheeler to I – 95 # 33 to
    Ferry Boulevard to Shakespeare / Historic District / RR Development
    Center to WATER TREATMENT to AVCO to Remington Point to Airport
    to LBW – Pleasure Beach to Steal Point (Steel) to East Main Street
    to Remington Factory to GE Boston Avenue to Remington Woods.

    Now that I-95 is done in Bridgeport and Sikorsky Bridge done on I -15,
    we are looking 11 or 12 figure potential redevelopment Startford,
    Bridgeport, and Valley.

    These moron in the RTC + DTC actually think the real players are not
    going to chew them up and spit them out.

  28. 28 1george1

    Feb 14, 2010 https://stratfordcharter.wordpress.com/
    # 28 so there! blog string

    1) I want to thank PW individual for placing (Thursday between
    6:00 am and noon) a 5 ” asphalt curb where it could have damaged
    the tire and undercarriage of
    my Van and/or
    my CT. DELIVERY LADY’S Vehicle (single mom working 2 jobs)
    as well as innocent Public.

    2) I want to thank the SPD officer who sped up behind me at
    Stop n Shop traffic light, intending to follow me …

    Am I Paranoid thinking he/she was following me?

    Follow the bouncing tailgater

    I let vehicle to my right get to RR underpass first before FROGGY POND.

    SPD let TRUCK get between him and I, before the RR underpass.

    I bet he/she was surprized that the TRUCK passed me to my right and
    then saw my LEFT turn signal light for me to turn into FROGGY POND
    at 1:40 PM, Saturday Feb 13, 2010.

    SUDDENLY his/her left turn signal went on.

    I parked in the middle of the lot.

    He/she pulled to the side next to the entrance and exit.

    I opened my door, unhooked my seat belt, reached for my video camera.

    He/she went from being parked to then pulling out of the parking lot….

    Being OLD, FAT, and SLOW, I could not get out of the van and clear of
    the door to be able to catch him on video
    and I did not get the plate #.

    I always like talking to Stratford’s finest.

    Especially because so many have treated me with respect and know
    I have looked to expose the real problem causers, and they KNOW most
    will NEVER see the DBP jackpot, and they do NOT like the way it reflects
    on their honor, integrity, and reputation, where the Mironistas and others
    basically blew up the PENSION program.

    I strongly suspect this officer, is not among Stratford’s finest’s elite and
    may be a Mironista hire or Burturla loyalist or misinformed.

    Zoom up to a red light?
    Be obvious on intent to follow or maybe try to intimidate?
    Suddenly turn on left signal light when caught by surprize by my trap?
    Pull parallel to the street, uncertain of what to do?
    When seeing I am coming out of my Van, scurrying away?

    I know Miron / Burturla hired maybe 30 – 40 junior police who are likely
    to be on a saturday afternoon patrol shift.

    This happened, AFTER I e-mailed J Burturla and others of my intent to file
    a police report to document the asphalt incident as suggested by multiple
    elected and/or government officials ……

    This happened AFTER I e-mailed Burturla / Berchem / Kelly / Florek that
    I believe they cost Stratford over $ 1 Billion on a 60 year window.

    This happened AFTER my monday Town Council handout showed where
    our taxes are probably 50 % too high, WHILE being able to reprioritize
    spending, AND where BUDGETS could be made far more transparent with
    only a couple minor changes.

    This happened AFTER my January presentation to the Town Council,
    Mayor, Town Attorneys and Police about both direct and indirect
    communications, and Sept 10, 2001 and Feb 8, 2000 registered letter documentation about:
    > Multiple Series of Deaths
    > Multiple Series of Auto Accicents
    > possible effect on USA economy and peoples pensions if O.P.E.C.
    was created anc controlled by foreign or domestic enemies of the
    people of the United States if OIL PRICES went far higher then the
    $ 10.58 a barrel of Dec 1998.
    > Heating oil cost me 50, 52, 58, and 60 cents a gallon.
    > Heating oil in January cost $ 2.55 a gallon

    This situation is getting better and better. 😉

    I sometimes wonder if anyone in the US Government believes in the
    Constitution and equal protection of the law…..? 😦

    So many great people …. who lack courage to step up.

    So many cowardly creeps who endanger innocents while needing to
    sneak attack …..

    I hope they were mironistas ….
    Jeze … what do you think ?
    doesn’t this appear to belong to a mIRON-TACTIC-ANTIC?

  29. 29 citizenkane1

    George, while they had you looking at them in one direction, (using a marked car for surveilance, come on, it was no doubt a distraction) What do you think was going on in the other direction? Photos? Mind control rays? CIA Snipper’s with scope trained on your Tire? The dreaded IPHONE MIND CONTROL RAY-SNIPPER-CAMERA PHONE!!!? Just something to ponder til you can get a refil on your meds.

    hAppy vAiNtINES dAY

    pEAce ouT

  30. 30 mayor2013

    Did you really think you would win re-election? Why are you not complaining about the voter apathy in 2005? The turnout was relatively close. In 2005, a lot of folks voted for you who honestly thought you were the best prepared to be the town’s first mayor. Myself included. A lot of municipal employees voted for you – same or similar reasons. Once you stepped into office – it did not take long for you to show your true colors. Reporting for work whenever you felt like it. Reporting only at night like a nocturnal animal – where you could not be seen by the employees or the taxpayers. And, systematically, you dismantled the department heads, some through outright termination, others by not re-appointment, others by budget reductions and others by golden handshakes. Oh, you were the King, really having yourself a jolly – by destroying and hurting hardworking employees and their families. Each one, you got personal joy by destroying them. Why? Because they were honest? Because they refused to be corrupt? Because they knew so much more than you? Because they represented success, something you thought you had just achieved? And, after department heads, you went after individual employees – some who ticked you off and some who ticked off your appointed chosen ones. You had your appointments lie, make up stories, produce fairy tale budgets and create artificial mill rates. Something the residents will be making up for – for a very long time.
    You cry that you did not get re-elected???? You did not deserve it. You did not earn re-election. You cannot govern like a terrorist forever. Eventually, you are taken down. Haven’t you ever read a history book.

    You disappointed and fooled many. But, not the second time around.
    Some of the questions you pose in your diatribe have already been asked – and yes, Mayor Harkins is not being transparent. However, given what he was left with, after you and your cronies robbed the treasury for the final time, I believe he is doing his best. He is entitled to a period of time to put it all together – and I’m willing to give it to him – with nudging to get on with it. If he continues to govern in such a pattern, he too, will find re-election difficult.

    But you, you should be at a church somewhere, asking for the almighty’s forgiveness. You will never see reelection in Stratford – so move on already.

  31. 31 phineast

    2013-the analogy that miron governs like a terrorist was excellent-he is one really sick and twisted dude.

  32. 32 1george1

    Kane I enjoyed your post.
    SPD has no bad apples?
    No even the Miron / Burturla hires to add 25 people go get to 110,
    nor the retiree replacements?

    The i-phone has mind control? Neat!
    There are legitimate and verifiable sources on the internet
    about the military and the soviets cold war tests.
    Someone told me about hypersonic sound which is directional
    and only the person or people having it directed at can hear it?

    I forgot about the blogger cyclops.
    He is the one with the Harryhausen avatar of a cyclops.
    Harryhausen’s “Clash of the Titans” movie remake is March 26.
    Friday I dropped to the Children’s Library off some of the items
    I showed to the Town Council last monday.
    They only have a 3′ high glass case 30″ x 10″ for display
    I would like the Council t give a little funding to build added display
    ability, like in the windows or with a short table for diarama.

    Sometime after Tuesday the Children’s Library can use some of my
    collections…… Anyone else want to do something for the Library?

    —- change subject

    Phin – I went to Jimmy’s meet the mayor weekly for a few months,
    hoping to help him help Stratford, despite what I knew about his
    father, his Town Attorney, and certain others.
    After a few months, the true colors kept showing.
    I never went back.
    So I understand your perspective.

    Lastly, one of the best ways to destroy a Public Union, is to give
    too good of a deal, which would enrage the Public, who do not
    have the Job Security, nor protections, nor benefits of unions.

    Give outrageous pay raises, while the private sector loses income.
    Pay outrageous prices for Health Coverages, to steer money to the
    Insurance brokers, who give finders fees.
    Give unbelieveable pensions to legitimate workers and the dregs,
    who would become clients to the accounting, legal, and insurance
    firms among others. No motive?
    The party scum suck money indirectly from the Town Treasury…

    — change subject

    In NY, after the Knapp Commission, the politicians needed to bribe
    dirty cops and buy their silence about who was profiting from all
    the drug traffing…..
    NOTE: The Port Authority in the World Trade Center held all of the
    Shipping Records for NY – NJ harbor for decades where boats loaded
    with hundreds of tractor trailers of cocine would off load.
    Interesting theory as to why to destroy ALL the records in a way that
    no one would suspect the real reasons.
    To also attack the Pentagon would be to infuriate the military.

    Point at former CIA asset Osama Bin Laden, who helped the U. S. kick
    out the Soviets from Afghanistan “their Vietnam.”
    Mean while son of former Ambassidor to China and nephew to former
    HEAD of United States Chamber of Commerce could have his political
    appointees continue to break the U. S. Economy.
    Communist China is now the world’s largest holder of U.S. DEBT????

    Use the attacks to take over Iraq, which has 10 to 25 % of the World’s
    proven reserves of OIL + GAS depending on estimates.
    Then drive the price of OIL + GAS up from $ 10.58 to $ 147 a barrel in
    10 years – $ 100 over the prior highest price.
    Former Communist Russia is now # 1 exporter of Gas (always was) and # 1
    exporter of Oil and alnong with being # 2 Weapons Traffic behind USA,
    has a STABLE ECONOMY, while the USA ….
    Former Communist Russia is now more solidly Capitalistic than the USA.

    After WW II the USA set up GERMANY + JAPAN as buffers and/or staging
    areas, making them the # 2 + # 3 economies in the world, while taking over
    all of the former Colonial Empires.

    Did someone plan it this way?
    Or was it a co-winky dink? 😉

  33. 33 pcsperling

    OK, so now that I’ve stopped laughing at Miron’s OP ED from this past week….

    “First, blame and attack the former (Democratic) administration, loudly.”

    OMG, how stupid can this guy be????? He terminates all of the cronies he personally hired in order to suck out more taxpayer dollars and really stick it to the citizens who basically voted to fire him.

    “Second, unravel the progress of the last four years, quietly.”

    Progress? OK, LBW wasn’t a sale, it was an option to purchase. It was misrepresented to the people as a sale and unless people when to the Town’s website and read the contracts, they were at the mercy of the meetings which Miron put together and what he fed the news media. When people asked me, I told them we may not see that $10 million for 5 years or better, if the option to purchase was extended.

    Next, SAEP….. what part of that whole deal was not completely f’d up from the start?

    Shakespeare…. He said he wouldn’t sign the contract, said it was bad. Mayor Harkins is agreeing with him on this one – so…nothing unraveled.

    What other progress was there. Oh, the dog pound. Yes, we need it, but come on – he just sucked a boatload of money as he exited, during one of the most difficult financial crisis since the Great Depression, and he questions that decision????? Come on!

    OK, now let me get to the “chief of staff” thing….. We had a former mayer who had a administrative assistant, two mayoral aides (one to cover the PR issues) and who knows what the other did and he’s working about a title? Mayor Harkins has one aide and he chooses to call him “chief of staff” rather than “mayoral aide.” No difference in my mind except he has only one, not two. And, since there is no CAO right now, I’m sure Adam Bauer has his hands full and is assisting in wearing many hats over there at Town Hall. Even after Kent Miller “resigned”, he was still on the payroll as a “consultant” and “railroad manager.” Come on Jim…get real!

    The only thing Jim Miron did was spend a huge amount of hard earned taxpayer dollars frivolously from the minute he was sworn in, till his last day in office. He lined the wallets and bank accounts of friends an family for four years! My only hope is that one day, we’ll see a photo of him in bracelets on the front page of the local papers! Nothing about his four years was EVER for the people of Stratford, it was always about him and his overinflated ego!

  34. 34 1george1

    Hey PCS, long time….

    On the Animal Shelter, how many places and how many versions
    have there been,
    with how many change orders,
    at what cost,
    to which architects? or architect? 😉

    Didn’t a certain party have a Mayoral HQ, renting 🙂
    in a building owned by a certain architectual firm? 😦

    Same game the Town Attorneys played. . . . 😦
    PCS, I suspect as a paralegal, you can describe it better than I

    KEEP creating problems without SOLUTIONS,
    KEEP meeting and negotiating as long as client can pay,
    and the BILLING MACHINE goes …
    KACHING, KACHING, KACHING

    Trick question:
    PCS, who has had the OVERSIGHT last 4 years on:
    ATTORNEYS
    POLICE OT leading to kited PENSIONS
    FIRE OT leading to kited PENSIONS
    PW OT leading to kited PENSIONS
    BONDING
    BUILDING NEEDS

    Who proposes Budgets?
    Who controls Budgets and changes?

    PCS, who has CONTROLLED the TOWN COUNCILS 11 of last 14 years:

    PCS as a Stratford TAX PAYER how do you feel about JIMMY and GAVIN’S
    and FOP increasing PENSION OBLIGATION over 41.7 % in less than 43 months?

    PCS when you look to your husband’s retirement ….
    do you and the workers with under 15-20 years feel like MOTHER HUBBARD?

    PENSION OBLIGATION over 41.7 % in less than 43 months?

    I was told 12 firemen retired in 1 month.
    They had to average over $ 83,000 annually = $ 996,000 to $ 17.4 m

    And there are other months and retirees since July.
    At 18 million to $ 18.4 million = 4 MILS to just over 600 people, BEFORE
    HEALTH CARE + ANNUITY + 401 Match + C.O.L.A.

    I am against violence.

    2 Years ago I wrote at least a couple of Senators and Congressmen would
    be killed / meet violent deaths tbecause of what they and other did.

    I am against violence.

    Bush – Cheney – Rumsfeld and friends NEED a TERRORIST ACT
    to protect THEM for what they and both parties did…..

    I am against violence.

    When more people lose homes in Stratford … I believe there will be
    deadly violence AND probably directed at the WRONG PEOPLE …..

    I am against violence. It is even dumber than many on the RTC + DTC

  35. 35 jezebel282

    PCS,

    “We had a former mayer who had a administrative assistant, two mayoral aides (one to cover the PR issues) and who knows what the other did and he’s working about a title? Mayor Harkins has one aide and he chooses to call him “chief of staff” rather than “mayoral aide.””

    There is a bit of difference. For nearly two years the Town Manager’s office was manned by a staff of two; the Town Manager and a secretary. Total budget, $140K.

    Mayor Moron came in and expanded that to a budget of nearly $500K. You are correct, there was Miron, a CAO (remember Haddad?), two aides (at $50k each), two (secretaries) and a receptionist. BUT, even Miron had the positions approved by the Council. There is no charter provision for Mayoral “Aide” either.

    Maybe Mr. Bauer is the best “Chief of Staff” ever. Maybe Harkins thought that “Chief of Staff” sounded more macho. We can only guess. Suddenly there is a position called “Chief of Staff”. We don’t know what the job description is and we don’t know what the liability issues are.

    In an open and transparent government, Harkins should have, at a minimum, passed it by the Council. What is the big deal about that?

  36. 36 1george1

    Jeze,
    The above would make a legitimate Letter to the Editor, response
    to jimmy’s nonsense,

    perhaps because you addressed PCS, it had … decorum?

  37. 37 1george1

    Mitt Romney got smacked on an airplane flight.
    See post 3 posts above this one, about violence.

    These things get publicity and give knuckleheads ideas.
    Stay tuned.

  38. 38 jezebel282

    We can all enjoy the event vicariously.

  39. 39 cstratct

    Jezebel,

    I’m flashing back to the movie Airplane!

    Can we all stand in line and make it Palin instead?

  40. 40 jezebel282

    cstratct,

    “Can we all stand in line and make it Palin instead?”

    Not a bad idea. Kinda wasted on Romney. He’s got low cost government run health insurance in Massachusetts. We oughtta try for a Republican without health insurance. Are there any?

  41. 41 1george1

    Chris,
    Why commit violence against anyone?
    Especially a woman.
    Even Palindrone.

    Although I might contribute to a pay per view of a mixed martial arts
    of Dick Cheney against Don Rumsfeldt to benefit families of war dead
    and wounded ….. call it “War Mongers and Oil profiteers for Patriots.”

    Maybe governor Linda McMahon can host it.

    She get every more physically fit ….
    although I don’t know how many would die from steroids or other drugs?

    – TANGENTIAL THOUGHT

    The only thing U. S. Public and Private High Schools are exceptional at,
    is being a distribution network for pot, cocaine, meth, ATF & E > DEA.

  42. 42 cstratct

    George,

    It was a joke. I’m sure you’ve seen the movie Airplane! Lighten up.

    Take a look a this past Sunday’s Family Guy. You know, the one Palin is condemning because it supposedly “attacks” her family.

    And why would Cheney fight Rumsfeld? They’re on the same team.

  43. 43 1george1

    George,

    It was a joke. I’m sure you’ve seen the movie Airplane! Lighten up.

    Take a look a this past Sunday’s Family Guy. You know, the one Palin is condemning because it supposedly “attacks” her family.

    And why would Cheney fight Rumsfeld? They’re on the same team.

    =
    Chris
    Cheney v Rumsfeld was me being sarcastic and joking.
    I could not tell you were joking about palindrone?

    Is Sunday’s “Family guy” and Palindrone’s condemnation like the great
    publicity Jay Leno and Dave Letterman created?

    Or the Miron / Henrick HANNEY contract farce?
    You know …. the one you fell for lock stock and barrel. ….

    Mayors Miron and Harkins both stated it was illegal
    Town Attorneys Burturla and Bishop ” ” ” ” ” ” ” “!

    However, Chris, I have to conceed it would not be the first
    illegal or bad contract perpetrated on Stratford Tax Payers,
    to give you your due.

  44. 44 sudds

    “Take a look a this past Sunday’s Family Guy. You know, the one Palin is condemning because it SUPPOSEDLY “attacks” her family.”

    OK cstratct… we all know that you’re OBVIOUSLY a democrat… but seriously… how can anyone condone THIS…

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    The episode features the character Chris falling for a girl with Down syndrome. On a date, he asks what her parents do. She replies: “My dad’s an accountant, and my mom is the former governor of Alaska.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    If that is not a slap at Palin’s kid’s face, I don’t what is!!! Say/do what you want about her, but leave her kid alone…

    SHAME ON YOU cstratct!!!

  45. 45 mayor2013

    I’m with you Sudds – leave the child alone!

  46. 46 mayor2013

    PCS –
    Wow! Am I surprised at you – or maybe I should not be. If Mayor Miron had put on a Chief of Staff with no job description and refused to release the salary and declined to go through the Council as is dictated by Charter – you would be all over him – and rightfully so. But, because it is Mayor Harkins, whom you obviously support and like, it is okay. Well Pat, it is not okay. I expect Mayor Harkins to abide by the Charter as I would expect any elected official. If he wants a chief of staff in lieu of a mayoral aide – so be it – go through the proper channels. What John has done is improper. Miron was awful and he did lots of mean and wrong to Stratford – but he did go through the channels with positions in his office as is dictated by the Charter. And, John should do the same.

  47. 47 mikereynolds

    Just to clarify; Has anyone officially asked Mayor Harkins about Adam Bauer or is it just blog pontificating?

    Do we know if a reporter from the Star or Post has asked? Has he been asked publicly at a town event or meeting? Has any of this been published aside from ex-Mayor Crybaby writing about it in his favorite paper, the Stratford Star?

    And if he has been asked has he declined to answer?

    Posing the question on a blog, and its a valid question, doesn’t make it official.

    If he has refused to answer then I would agree that it makes him no better than Miron. But knowing Mayor Harkins I don’t think there’s malice or underhandedness behind this.

  48. 48 cstratct

    Okay, first off, Palin’s child is a boy, and he’s a baby. This is a teenage girl. Second, the son “falls for a girl with Down Syndrome.” Interesting that the writers created the story so that he doesn’t see or care that she has Down Syndrome, he likes her for who she is and doesn’t make any judgments about her. But I suppose none of that matters.

    Third, the show is satire and comedy. Did you attack Limbaugh with the same fervor when he was playing what many deemed was the highly offensive “Barack the Magic Negro” song on his show. Or perhaps when the SC Republican Party activist Rusty DePass referred to an escaped gorilla from the Columbia zoo as “just one of Michelle’s ancestors – probably harmless.”

    And followed it up with “I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone. The comment was clearly in jest.”

    Just checking to see where the line is set.

    Yeah, just some harmless joking around, right? But please, continue with your faux outrage over a CARTOON.

    By the way, were you standing with Muslims when they condemned the Danish newspapers for running cartoons depicting Muhammad?

  49. 49 cstratct

    George,

    Perhaps you’re not aware just how close the we came to having this contract signed? You have a short memory, as it was just last summer and fall that some people aligned with the current Mayor (namely Kevin Kelly) made it very clear they believed it was a valid contract that should be honored.

    Thankfully Mr. Bishop and Mayor Harkins saw it differently.

    As for Palin, why do you think I would post the clip from the movie Airplane! I’m sure there was plenty in that movie for people to be offended by as well.

  50. 50 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “Just to clarify; Has anyone officially asked Mayor Harkins about Adam Bauer or is it just blog pontificating?”

    abauer@townofstratford.com

    Please feel free to copy and paste any response you might get.

  51. 51 jezebel282

    “SHAME ON YOU cstratct!!!”

    Sudds is affronted? About bad taste?

    I have to go outside now and check what color the sun is. Oh wait, it was only in reference to a Republican. Does that count?

  52. 52 sudds

    Hey now… I’m all for helping the elderly and disabled (and especially children)… it’s people who are just lazy and/or exploiting the system that I don’t think we should be “supporting”!!!

    (and before anyone goes off… I worked at H&R Block for several years… TRUST ME… there ARE people who see having another child as “getting a raise”!!!)

  53. 53 sudds

    “As for Palin, why do you think I would post the clip from the movie Airplane! I’m sure there was plenty in that movie for people to be offended by as well.”

    SERIOUSLY… you think that this justifies insulting a CHILD with DOWNS SYNDROME by using his/her disability to make a political statement???

    SERIOUSLY???

    WTF is wrong with you man????

  54. 54 sudds

    “Oh wait, it was only in reference to a Republican.”

    Just for the record… this was about someone insulting a special-needs child… it had NOTHING to do with political affiliation!!!

  55. 55 sudds

    “Yeah, just some harmless joking around, right? But please, continue with your faux outrage over a CARTOON.”

    This is NOT faux outrage… it is me being p-o’d by someone as assinine as YOU!!!

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    OK… deep breaths… in through the nose… out through the mouth… in…

  56. 56 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “there ARE people who see having another child as “getting a raise”!!!”

    ROTFLMAO!

    And how many executives write off the Benz or Beemer as a “company car”? Or dinner & theater with the wife as “business entertaining”. How many have accounts in the Caymans? Those damn corporate welfare Republican cheats!

    “OK… deep breaths… in through the nose… out through the mouth… in…”

    I dunno what it is, but somehow you’re not eliciting the slightest empathy. Go figure.

  57. 57 sudds

    “And how many executives write off the Benz or Beemer as a “company car”? Or dinner & theater with the wife as “business entertaining”. How many have accounts in the Caymans? Those damn corporate welfare Republican cheats!”

    I’m not disagreeing with you on this… other than to say that I HIGHLY doubt that Republicans are the only ones doing this!!!

    My former boss did all of those things (only he did them with his boyfriend, not his wife)… and he was the biggest Democratic supporter I’ve ever known!!!

  58. 58 cstratct

    Well then Sudds, let’s hear the outrage for the insults made by Republicans on Chelsea Clinton.

    “On his TV show, early in the Clinton administration, Limbaugh put up a picture of Socks, the White House cat, and asked, “Did you know there’s a White House dog?” Then he put up a picture of Chelsea Clinton, who was 13 years old at the time. When viewers objected, he claimed, in typical Limbaugh fashion, that the gag was an accident and that without his permission some technician had put up the picture of Chelsea.”

    “Five years later, John McCain got into the act with a slander of Chelsea Clinton that was infinitely more vulgar. Appearing at a 1998 Republican Senate fundraiser, McCain reached into the gutter to show his conservative family values with this:

    “Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno.”

    http://www.perrspectives.com/blog/archives/000930.htm

    Let’s hear that outrage!

    And please explain how the writers insulted a child with Downs Syndrome by using his/her disability to make a political statement. There was no political statement in the show. The two characters were on a date and the son asked the girl what her parents did for a living. How is that political?

    I’ll point out once again that the show presented the girl as someone the son was enamored of and asked out on a date. How is that insulting?

    And besides that, it’s a cartoon comedy show.

  59. 59 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “other than to say that I HIGHLY doubt that Republicans are the only ones doing this!!!”

    Democrats use H&R Block. Republicans use the U.S. Congress.

    “and he was the biggest Democratic supporter I’ve ever known!!!”

    I’ll bet he supported same sex marriage. A Republican would do the same thing and still be opposed to it (see Larry Craig).

  60. 60 sudds

    “And please explain how the writers insulted a child with Downs Syndrome by using his/her disability to make a political statement. There was no political statement in the show. The two characters were on a date and the son asked the girl what her parents did for a living. How is that political?”

    Can you REALLY be that ignorant???

  61. 61 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “Can you REALLY be that ignorant???”

    Go ahead, say it. You know you want to. It’s OK for Republicans to say it. Go on…

    Ask Chris if he is RETARDED.

  62. 62 sudds

    As the former chairperson of the Rhode Island Special Olympics (shocker, huh?) I refuse to use that word (and wish that you wouldn’t either)!!!

  63. 63 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “I refuse to use that word (and wish that you wouldn’t either)!!!”

    So you’re no longer a Rush fan?

    Is this the same Sudds that would vote for anyone who gave him a cushy no-show government job? Are you admitting to being a nice guy who cares about others? Did Mrs. Sudds just lose a few inches of halo?

  64. 64 sudds

    “So you’re no longer a Rush fan?”

    I don’t believe that I ever said I was a fan! If I did, then I certainly (as Joe Biden likes to “admit”) misspoke! Yes, I listen from time to time (truth be told… I prefer ESPN radio), but he’s too far out on the fringe for me!!!

    “Is this the same Sudds that would vote for anyone who gave him a cushy no-show government job?”

    Come on… if someone’s going to get it… why not me??? Besides… then I can convert that little building into a “love shack” for PCS and I!!!

    Are you admitting to being a nice guy who cares about others? Did Mrs. Sudds just lose a few inches of halo?”

    I care a LOT about others! I just tend to offer my assistance to those who truly NEED help… and not just those who are too lazy and/or those who feel that they DESERVE help!

  65. 65 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “I just tend to offer my assistance to those who truly NEED help”

    I guess that explains your work for Booth.

    I knew there was decent guy in there, Suddsy, ole buddy.

  66. 66 sudds

    “I guess that explains your work for Booth.”

    EXACTLY!!!!!

  67. 67 cstratct

    Hmm, no condemnation of the comments made by Rush and others regarding those of the democratic party persuasion?

    We obviously looked at the show from very different perspectives. I saw a show where a girl with Down Syndrome was going to school and being treated with respect by others there, was found attractive by the son and was asked out on a date with no thought regarding her Down Syndrome.

    I’m just curious, did you watch the entire episode?

    And as for my background, I’ve worked for several health and human service non-profits throughout the years, so I have a great amount of respect for all people regardless of race, sexual orientation, and physical and/or mental ability.

    I can laugh at jokes that poke fun at both parties. Take South Park as a prime example.

    There’s the Hillary Clinton “Snuke” episode or the “Smug Alert” episode that pokes fun at environmentalists.

    All this outrage over a half hour comedy cartoon.

  68. 68 jezebel282

    Cstratct,

    “Hmm, no condemnation of the comments made by Rush and others regarding those of the democratic party persuasion?”

    First of all, Sudds is a Republican. What can you expect?

    Secondly, who knew he had a conscience?

  69. 69 1george1

    LOL:
    Janet Reno is Chelsea Clinton’s father.
    Chris does have a sense of humor
    And loves cartoons more than Snake spear? 😉

    LOL:
    Sudds convert RR booth to SHACK with PCS?
    Will Mrs Sudds “get benefits” from Mr. PCS?
    This blog is funnier than Letterman + Conan combined.

    LOL:
    “People having another child as getting a raise?”

    Only one to try to bitch slap me from above post was Chris?
    Even Jeze, sudds, Mike R, Mayor 2013, Phin, and Kane ignored
    taking a shot a me …..:( 8)

    Hey Jeze, I am not complaining.
    However ……….
    Was a single post above about anything in Stratford, (except SUDDS SHAK)
    or the Stratford Town Charter? (+ indirect reference to mIron)

    Did bums-Rush, Hillarious, McCocaine, and Palindrome move to Stratford?

  70. 70 jezebel282

    George,

    “However ……….
    Was a single post above about anything in Stratford,”

    Do you feel like I’m singling you out?
    Well, I am. As for irrelevant posts, it’s like comparing people who do 32 MPH in a 30MPH zone to Bernie Madoff.

  71. 71 1george1

    Jeze,
    I never expected an explanation or an apology, about being singled out.
    One outta two is better than usual.
    I was not and am not complaining.

    Just a test about acknowledging blog bias, which you passed.

  72. 72 phineast

    No offense George-but Jez has bent over backwards with your posts…..if someone else has a momentary stray and you comment on it, I’d be saying it’s a case of the pot calling the kettle……if you know what I mean.

    Jez, did you read Olivia Gombar’s letter in the star today? It is almost as pathetic as miron’s…. I found completely humorous in a pathetic way her statement about “if the new mayor had worked with the out going mayor during the transition”… she obviously drank the DTC koolaide-she really believes that Jimmy worked during the transition…she is either stupid or naive–but probably both. Then again maybe she helped him in his nocturnal visits to town hall for his shredding jobs. I know for a fact he did that-I watched him take the bags to the dumpster after business hours.
    She also talks about miron’s open door sessions–which she obviously never went to–or she would have had to deal with Ashley or Heather or the”boys” because miron rarely made an appearance-and if he did he was always a half hour late. The miron bashing she claims is going on she just doesn’t get that it is not bashing at all, just real honest truths about what miron did and did not do and what he really did to the town. She certainly does a lot of wondering don’t you think? 😉

  73. 73 pcsperling

    First, I’ll address 2013’s post (#46). It is my opinion, and it has nothing to do with my support for Mayor Harkins. I don’t see how Mayor Harkins, calling Adam Bauer’s position that of “chief of staff” means that the position is any different to that of Miron’s “mayoral aide.” Also, would you expect that when Mayor Harkins was sworn in, he walk in the door alone? No member of his transitional team to accompany him – especially given the lack of transition assistance given him by the former administration?

    It’s also my opinion that it was pretty lucky he did have Adam Bauer with him. He walked in the door, expecting the two mayoral aides, CAO, and administrative staff to continue – that didn’t happen. They were conveniently “terminated” by Miron in order to suck more money out of the taxpayers of our Town. I’m not surprised at Miron’s actions – he was a sore loser who wanted one last jab at the taxpayers and citizens who voted to fire him.

    Mayor Harkins has said he had no intention of terminating anyone. He obviously wanted to come in and work with the people who were already there. I guess that can be demonstrated by the fact that Kent Miller is still an Assitant Town Attorney, as well as some $30K railroad manager job. I do question why Miller is still there, as well as a couple others, but maybe they’re keeping their noses clean. It’s actually nice to think that the temperature of Town Hall has probably warmed a bit – more congenial.

    Mayor Harkins has said he wants to work with both parties – it’s not about the politics, it’s about the people. I applaud him for that.

    OK…..now on to Sudds……

    What’s that about a “love shack” LOL. Do I need to remind you what a lucky lady I am to have the hubby I do. LOL….. That’s a long way from a pool game and a few shots…… You crack me up!

    PCS –
    Wow! Am I surprised at you – or maybe I should not be. If Mayor Miron had put on a Chief of Staff with no job description and refused to release the salary and declined to go through the Council as is dictated by Charter – you would be all over him – and rightfully so. But, because it is Mayor Harkins, whom you obviously support and like, it is okay. Well Pat, it is not okay. I expect Mayor Harkins to abide by the Charter as I would expect any elected official. If he wants a chief of staff in lieu of a mayoral aide – so be it – go through the proper channels. What John has done is improper. Miron was awful and he did lots of mean and wrong to Stratford – but he did go through the channels with positions in his office as is dictated by the Charter. And, John should do the same.

  74. 74 pcsperling

    Note ~ I didn’t mean to include 2013’s complete posting at the end of my response above….that was a mistake. Just wanted to make sure I was reading to touch on everything I wanted to say.

  75. 75 pcsperling

    Phin ~

    I’m certainly not surprised to hear that there may have been lots of doc shredding happening at Town Hall. There’s always a trail – be it paper or electronic……..hopefully someone’s looking into it.

  76. 76 1george1

    This summer there were 2 NY plate cars in Miron’s + McCauley parking spots.
    Police did a license check and got no results.
    I was told there was strong possibility they were FBI.

    Electronic suveillance no longer needs to have on site “plants.”
    Shredding was important 20 years ago.
    Every keyboard stroke leaves electronic signature.
    Ordinary light bulbs can capture 360 degree visual.
    Phones can capture sounds in a room, even when “hung up.”

    Phin – my point was about being singled out, while I gave credit for
    Jeze acknowledging reality.
    On this blog, I often play the “angel’s advocate” taking on the people
    who caused the CT POST to take down TOPIX and will NEVER do it
    again, because of that lack of decorum and limited vocabularies.

    While I drive Jeze and others crazy, what would this blog be without
    my counter points and stirring the pot?
    Yes, you would have your self reinforcing positions and limited
    disagreements and there are a number of interesting tid bits.
    However I inspire people to react and help create interest.

    Several people sought me out and told me who the were and that i was
    very often 100 % or 90 % accurate.
    Especially about local issues.

    If I have crediblity (with some people) on local issues, doesn’t that impact
    my credibility on other issues, especially when I am the one who was the
    linker in debates about affects of CT. and USA decisions on Stratford.

    Jimmy took my ECS issue and pounded Harkins with it.

    If it were not for the Miron family issues and the police / fire issues,
    Jimmy might be mayor. Jimmy cleaned up in the debates, even according
    to people who do not like him. However he was not constrained by
    telling the truth ….

    Dom was barely better than Bill O’Brien 4 years ago.
    Dom job appeared to have been to make Harkins look like the alternative.

    Harkins was better on tape than in person, staying with platitudes and
    non specifics.
    Harkins is a decent looking guy, well dressed, knows how to tap dance
    and say nothing, as well as appearing to be a “gentle” gentleman.
    Harkins knows how to surpress his mouth.
    Conversely ….. I chose no to do so nor surpress opinions here.

    I would love to see Harkins succeed.
    However, he has leaches stuck all over his back.

  77. 77 1george1

    I cast my vote for best looking avatar for PCS.

    Sudds, I am looking for a second.

    My favorite avatar is cyclops.
    I am a Ray Harryhausen fan, and have collectibles,
    including some in Stratford’s children’s library.

  78. 78 phineast

    George-“Jimmy cleaned up in the debates”? Only if you believe fiction. He should still be on his knees praying for forgiveness after all the whoppers he told at the debates……

  79. 79 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “Jez, did you read Olivia Gombar’s letter in the star today?”

    I started to…but I skipped to the end and saw it was written by DTC member, Olivia Gombar. I suppose we’ll see more letters from the usual crew of Mironistas; Denise Nelson, Laura Dobosz, Tara Wexler and Bonnie Reynolds. I’m not really into alternate universe residence.

    Honestly, the Star should disclose DTC membership if they are going to print letters like that.

  80. 80 jezebel282

    PCS,

    “I don’t see how Mayor Harkins, calling Adam Bauer’s position that of “chief of staff” means that the position is any different to that of Miron’s “mayoral aide.”

    I gotta side with 2013 on this one. Whatever it is called, it is a taxpayer funded position. It should be approved by the Council along with a job description. The fact that Mayor Moron used his “aides” to…actually, we still have no idea what they did…justifies nothing.

    As for Mayor Moron’s band of thieves fleeing without notice, I’m still wondering if that was a good or bad thing. Obviously Norko had no problem whatsoever lying to the taxpayers and Edmund Winterbottom has never met an employee he wouldn’t love to persecute. McCauley couldn’t take a breath without prior approval from Moron. And the two little “aides”, Castater and Wilson, are probably just thrilled to be out of the asylum.

    There are literally dozens of honest knowledgeable people who are willing to help Harkins…for free. He only needs to reach out and ask.

    If you want proof of that, this town has just survived four years of Mayor Moron due to Town employees and residents quietly dong their jobs despite everything Moron did to destroy the Town.

  81. 81 cstratct

    Jezebel,

    What’s good for the goose….if the papers are going to print letters by representatives of either committee it should be disclosed. Not just the DTC.

    Let’s at least make it a level playing field.

  82. 82 jezebel282

    CTstrat,

    Absolutely positively!

  83. 83 1george1

    George-”Jimmy cleaned up in the debates”?
    Only if you believe fiction.
    He should still be on his knees praying for forgiveness
    after all the whoppers he told at the debates……

    —–

    Phin – By the time the NEWS 12 DEBATE was to AIR
    I was prepared for miron’s revisionistic posturing…

    I was asked to go first by Tom Appleby to name the
    most pressing town issue.
    I machine gunned at least 12 and without using notes.
    Others got their turn.
    Then they reversed, skipping Dom’s second chance,
    so I saw I was going to lose a turn, and Jim / John
    would get an extra crack at the bat.

    Next time Appleby came to me, it was immediately after
    Jimmy rattled his talking points.

    I made sure to point out his father Dick and Burturla and
    the RTC culperates and then I broke up Dom and John had
    to turn away (Dempsey teased me for months)

    I said:
    Jimmy
    you have been creating false facts and statement (to that effect)
    Jim
    if you were Pinnocchio
    right now
    YOUR NOSE
    would be BIGGER than my STOMACH!!!

    Phin I confess to being very well rounded!

    Phin, I honestly do not believe Jimmy understands why he lost
    Jimmy thinks he did a good job!

    Phin my favorite candy are the malted whoppers….
    However I whole heartedly agree Jimmy’s whoppers were
    not palatable ….

    However, judging the debate, the same way nixon beat kennedy
    if you listened on the radio, jimmy cleaned up in our debates, if
    he did not have family or hatred issues he created or exasperated….

  84. 84 1george1

    It is up to the writer to disclose relationships of DTC or RTC or elected
    or town worker / manager or business person contracted.

    Sometimes the post or star simply do not know!
    Especially with rotating reporters every year or 2?

    The star gets comparatively fewer letters than the post.
    But they get their fill for an election or one of Stratford’s
    many cover story issues, where somebody is getting paid off

    fire trucks
    shakespeare
    airport
    LBW
    Board Ed
    town job
    animal shelter

  85. 85 cstratct

    Not to take the thread entirely off course, but I had to post this since I was accused of being ignorant with regard to the Sarah Palin v. Family Guy firestorm.

    From the NY Times:

    New twist in Palin vs. ‘Family Guy’ saga
    Actress who voiced girl with Down syndrome has condition herself

    http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/18/family-guy-voice-actor-says-palin-does-not-have-a-sense-of-humor/?scp=1&sq=Family%20Guy&st=cse

    “Q.When did you find out about the reaction that the episode elicited from Sarah Palin and her family?

    A.[laughs] That I did not even know about until my mom told me, “You’re on Channel 4!” And when I watched on Channel 4, on “Extra,” and I saw Sarah Palin with her son Trig. I’m like, “I’m not Trig. This is my life.” I was making fun of Sarah Palin, but not her son.”

    To each his own, I suppose.

  86. 86 citizenkane1

    I don’t care what anybody says, that show is frigg’in funny. They rip on anyone and everything. As usual, my wife hates it and I love it. Go figure.
    South Park is the bomb also.

    Bippiddy Boppiddy.

  87. 87 cstratct

    Both shows are equal opportunity offenders. I understand that some people don’t like that type of humor, but this whole situation was blown WAY out of proportion.

    But I have an idea for those truly offended by Family Guy, boycott all the companies owned by the individual responsible for distributing the show.

    Who might that be? Why Rupert Murdoch of course. And make sure you boycott all his media outlets including Fox, FX, Fox Business, the Wall Street Journal and most certainly Fox News.

    Just trying to help.

  88. 88 jezebel282

    WHAT?

    No “House”? No “24”?

  89. 89 citizenkane1

    This “outrage” is all b.s. anyway, If they actully saw the episoed they would know there was no disrespect to anyone with downs, it was quite the opposite. The joke was about Sarah Palin and it wasn’t really a joke so much.

    She should put up or shut up, QUIT or get of the pot.

  90. 90 jezebel282

    “QUIT or get of the pot.”

    Ummm….she did quit.

  91. 91 1george1

    Chris,
    Anti – Murdock?
    Pro – N Y Times?

    Pro Family Guy?
    Pro South Park?
    Ignore the Simpsons?

    Once the NY Post was a superb sports paper.
    It had Max Lerhner as my favorite columnist.
    Later I learned he was supposedly a socialist.
    All I knew was he was the type of intellectual
    compassionate jewish writer that I admired.

    As an Irish Catholic youth who read the old and new
    testament, there was a mental psychological bond
    to the story about jews and roman martyrs.
    As an American immersed in anglo-american history
    and western civilization, with an english episcopaleon
    and and a variety of protestant and distant scattering
    of jewish relatives, it was not until the USPS exposed
    me, in my early 30s to the EEOC and “Irish issues.”

    Those that attacked us may have been jewish, irish,
    italian,wasp and other americans by birth …
    however they were pathetic in lack of fiduciary
    constitutional, legal, moral, ethical, religeous, and
    philosophical conduct and inconsistent to golden
    rule, 10 commandments, or U. S. LAW.

    Sadly, I believed people supposedly protecting the
    rules also live by those rules.
    By the time the mirons / burturlas / others in both
    parties exposed themselves

    they have intelligence

    no soul

    no comppassion

    no dignity

    no self respect.

    Uniforms of police, fire, state police and others do not make a man.

    I respect real police / fire / military, like the onesof 9/11
    who ran towards danger…. I include the EMS…. AND MORE!

    And like the lily tomlin edith ann character
    “that’s what I think …”
    “pfffft!”


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