Archive for September, 2011

Rest in Honor

There is another story in today’s Courier Times, this one about the Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

According to the story, there are enough unattended interments of veterans, unattended for a variety of reasons, so the cemetery holds a special service at 2:00 PM on the last Thursday of every month, to honor the veterans of all such burials that occurred during that month.

Anyone is welcome to these fairly short memorials.  Since we live nearby, it would be relatively easy to go to these, as a way of representing the general citizenry.  People who cherish our freedoms, recognize that a price was paid to secure them, and want to show gratitude.  To all soldiers, every soldier, this soldier who was buried right here in our township.

Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone

Oh no!  Kathleen “K.C” Christian has withdrawn from the Upper Makefield supervisor’s race!

She says she’s “no longer actively campaigning” for the job.

Residents across the township are “What?  What did I miss”?

But wait!  Her name will still be on the ballot!  So she could get votes.  Not wishing to be The Secret Candidate, she could be The Stealth Candidate.

I think somehow township residents have angered KC.  She no longer thinks we’re worthy of her mailings, her signs, her debate participation.  She can’t “devote 110 percent to the job”.

But she could muster zero percent!  That should be good enough for us, coming from an Upper Makefield Christian.

Thanks for running, KC.  Just please don’t do it again.

Township Meeting – September 21

Just one note.

A representative of the Upper Makefield-Newtown soccer club made a presentation regarding the soccer fields at Brownsburg Park.

As I understand it, he said that the turf on the fields is inadequate, and offered the resources of the club to do the work, and bear the expense, of installing and maintaining new turf.  This would be in lieu of the usage fee.  The turf replacement costs would come in at around $12,000, while the usage fee would be only $5,000.

In return, he asked the township to consider upgrading the well system so the lower fields could be adequately irrigated. Continue reading

Fitzpatrick Vote Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea

A story in today’s Courier-Times shows there are rumblings about Mike Fitzpatrick’s vote on HR 2587, the bill spurred by the National Labor Relation’s Board’s (NLRB) complaint filed against Boeing’s decision to open a plant in South Carolina, a right-to-work state.

I can’t comment on Ms. Stefano’s statement about an early look at a possible primary.  In general, though I understand they’re expensive, I’m in favor of primaries; they get issues out on the table and force candidates to address them.

I can and will comment on Fitzpatrick’s response about why he voted the way he did.  (I’ll also say that I’m unhappy that I never received more than a canned “got your email” response from Fitzpatrick when I wrote and asked him to help me understand his vote). Continue reading

State of the County

“The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then get elected and prove it.”

P.J. O’ROURKE, Holidays in Hell

I knew that Bucks County went for Obama in 2008, but I was a bit surprised to learn that the county went for Kerry in 2004.

Good Lord.  Not Kerry.

County commissioner elections are also coming up in November, and there’s been a real push on the Democrat’s side to get a majority.

I’ll happily go on record to say that I believe with my whole heart that when Dems get the reins, bad things happen.  It’s just the way it is.  They ride around on their blue wave, looking for a nesting ground because their old homestead is in ashes.  But they always bring their pathologies with them.  Higher taxes?  Coming soon!  More crime?  You bet!  Crappy schools?  Takes time, but they’re on the way.  Then when their policies have destroyed a community, they move on to fresh stomping grounds.

So I’m really not thrilled with the state of the GOP in Bucks.

Will people remember the 2010 Democrat voter fraud allegations?  Not so much, I think, since the scandal surrounded Murphy who’s out of the picture now.

But the Barbara Reilly & gang arrests will have more staying power, as will the memory of the secret deal with Candace Quinn.

Neil Samuels of the county Democratic Party and Pat Poprik of the county GOP got into a spitting match in the newspaper over which of the commissioners should have known and be held accountable.  In my opinion, it was a stupid spat between party operatives.  Who cares what they think?  I’d rather know what the commissioners have to say for themselves.

I don’t know how these county offices work, or how close together they are.  But come on, were these people who worked for Reilly kept in an isolation chamber?  Saying the kinds of things that happened in that office since the late 1980’s or early 1990’s went on and no one knew just doesn’t pass the smell test.  People always know, and they always talk.  And Reilly was warned in 1998 and again in 2001 by the auditor about improper use of comp time.  And still no red flags?  What’s in the Doylestown water anyway?

Pat Poprik’s stupid comment about commissioners not having authority over the office of the register of wills was just that: a stupid comment.  Any county elected official’s first responsibility is to the county and its residents.  End of sentence.  Maybe you can’t march in and take over the office, but don’t try to tell me your hands are tied.

The only reply I know of was from Charles Martin, in the Courier-Times, and it was lame.  Secret, eh?  Hit piece?  Boo hoo!  How could you possibly know what’s going on under your nose?

Have all the GOP elected officials decided to take a page from Obama’s book and make sure that the buck skitters away elsewhere?  Why do the Republicans sound like Democrats?

This is how communities turn from red to blue: Republicans too arrogant to step up and take responsibility.  We need to clean it up or it will be cleaned for us, and we’re not going to like the result.

Eye on Newt – September 27, Doylestown

A Kitchen Table Patriots meet and greet event with Newt Gingrich, for all of you interested.  Sounds like a fine opportunity!

Also, FreedomWorks and the Kitchen Table Patriots are sponsoring a grassroots training event and rally.  You must RSVP to participate.

See info for both events here.

A More-or-Less Permanent Union

A good opinion piece in Mondays Courier-Times.

On June 15, the Upper Makefield board of supervisors meeting featured a presentation by the township manager, Stephanie Teoli, describing how the cost of privatizing the remaining four Department of Public Works unionized workers would cost considerably more than leaving them as township hires.

At the conclusion of the presentation, the supervisors stared in rapt attention, and supervisor Dan Rattigan pronounced it a“no-brainer”. They then moved on to the next order of business: signing the three-year union contract for those four employees, with pay increases for all.

Read the whole thing.  The last line is spot on.  Remember also that the police contract is coming up and may in fact be in progress.  Will anyone be representing the residents at those negotiations?  Anyone?