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    What did the constituents think in filling every county elected position with Democrats? The proposed Judicial Complex is getting closer to the "Cordova Memorial Parking Lot" than even I imagined. Curly, Larry and Moe were slow to see the upcoming recession (I guess guess they were either slumlording, bartending or something) and now they are going to borrow the county out of a financial crisis. Oh good idea. Chostner's political future may have looked bright, but it may be fading fast in this mess.

    http://www.chieftain.com/articles/20...d639430315.txt

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    Another case of Democratic spending when there is doubt about regaining the revenue . . or in the least, Not being able to add or subtract . .

    Once more . . "When, in history, has anyone spent (or borrowed) themselves out of Bankruptcy?"
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    And now . . Commissioner Jeff Chostner handed out a news release telling us that he, again, is running for County Commissioner . .

    And he gave an explanation about the county's indebtiness and it's borrowing to make ends meet that would only wash with his Mathematically challenged Co-Commissioners . .

    Unfortunately, no one is running against him . . or the Pueblo County Democratic Party as case may be . .

    When will the Public realize that anyone running on a "I'll get you Benefits and Jobs" Platform is just showing up on the job with a shovel and will spend our way into a deeper and deeper hole . . ?

    He's an INCUMBENT, elect anyone else but him! Any other reason is secondary!
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    Default Walk and Chew Gum . .

    It would seem that the decision to save County (and State) money by furloughing the employees is less of a money saver than they are a "Punishment' to the taxpayers for denying them a total pass on TABOR and any other spending disclipine they seem to want to avert.

    Instead of scheduling each employee a particular day off per month, they shut down the whole County (State) operation for one day a month . . and in the case of this month's closing, they shut down on Friday . . and then are closed on Monday because it's a "Bureaucratic Holiday" (MLK Day) . . I'm betting, they are paid for that holiday . . Hmmm?

    It would seem that the County Commissioners and their department Heads cannot walk and chew gum at the same time . . What the hell do they do when an employee calls off for a day, sick or personal time? Shut down the whole department? Because that's the impression I get . .

    Or am I totally out of line and those poor people cannot function unless their departments are completely and fully staffed every day?
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    Here we go again, Cordova ascends to the throne and in his first action summarily fires the Dir. of Public Works. This is not going to sit well in the community.

    Here is a link to the article in today's Chieftain.

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    And, according to a couple of recently retired county employees (in conversation just this morning), morale among the county employees has just sunk to a new low . .

    Honestly, while we cannot or shouldn't blame the pig eyed basterd for the firing of Severance, my bet is that he played a major part in it prior to the elections and waited until now to drop the rock . .

    One only can ask, "Where's the transparency?"

    But then I digress, because there hasn't been any Transparency up to now, why should they start now . . ?
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    Same old same old BS. Nothing ever changes there is no job sercurity in the county or the city get a few years make a few enemies get replaced with a friend or family member. been going on for years.
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    In management there is less job security the higher you go up the ladder.

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    Mr. Severance originally was in charge of 5 departments. Sometime during the last few years, the 3 Stooges have taken 2 of those departments and created 2 new director positions. When the dust settles from this current fiasco, doubt if the math will show any savings, just bureaucracy buddy money shuffle. The recent re-election of Chostner appears to indicate a green light for these 3 to continue as they please.

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    Yee Haaaaa! We (the County) discovered we had loose change in some old pants!

    Let's go spend it!

    The Three Stooges are at it again . . They found that somewhere, projected into their revenues was some new TAXES left unspent. It appears that the County math whizzes have told the County Commissioners that with the new Comanche Boiler/Turbine and the three (or wuzzat 4?) new Black Heart Power generators, will bring in new revenue.

    So, according to today's Chieftain, they are bringing the Judge Dennis Maes Judicial Center back to life . . After all, what better thing to do than to build a monument to a living Judge right next to the John P. Cordova Memorial Parking Lot which, I would guess is a memorial to a living County Commissioner.

    Now we have gone through about two years of hard times, (and are probably looking at two more) where the county cut back, furloughed employees and all the responsible things you do when you have no money, and not a lot of hope of getting much more. And, according to the fact that Pueblo County still has 11.6% (Pueblo Chieftain) unemployment and the county revenue projections haven't changed much, one of the things when a windfall is anticipated, would be to put a percentage of it away. A Rainy Day fund y'might say. And some of the rest could be spent fixing the roads and bridges that haven't been maintained because of lack of money, you'd think. And repairing the County Fleet. Maybe a little on the old buildings that tend to need maintenance more when neglected for any period of time . .

    Instead, Larry, Curly and Moe are gonna buy a new high maintenance "Green" $70 million dollar Cadillac! And put their names on the cornerstone.

    Remember this, they don't have the cash in hand, and many things can befall us, perhaps needing money far worse. Is it necessary for our elected leaders to spend ever single dime that they take in, and always look for more?
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