A number of people have sought my reaction to the city council’s decision this week. For those who have not heard, they voted to pay the school’s obligation on the high school debt by way of a deduction in their annual contribution and they essentially welcomed the state to intercede and look at our financials … Continue reading Because We Cannot Afford More of the Same
My friends over 50 often ask me, “Why won’t more young people get involved in solving our city’s problems?” My friends that are closer to my age often tell me, “Oak Ridge just isn’t what it used to be.” While I hope that people of all ages will read on, I am particularly addressing this … Continue reading To My Fellow Gen X & Y Oak Ridgers
Leonard Abbatiello’s presentation last week was informative and well attended. Bev summarizes it nicely here. You can view his presentation and supplemental info here. My upcoming column ties this year’s budget discussions back to two of his major points. First, we’ve been given a false sense of security in the form of an artificially suppressed … Continue reading Can We Pretend That Airplanes….
If you haven’t heard about this story, the Willow Brook principal was removed from her position last week without explanation. Dr. Bailey has clearly stated that she will not be fired but moved into a teaching position. In his letter (provided here), he has barred her from stepping foot on WillowBrook property (though apparently she … Continue reading You Have a Right To Know
Mark your calendars and please "share" with all of your Facebook friends: Wednesday, May 16th at 7p.m. @ the Oak Ridge Civic Center Social Room What your city won't talk about: Debt, taxes and your options. Former city council member Leonard Abbatiello will give the public the presentation that he gave to city officials...the one that they … Continue reading The Budget Meeting that City Officials Don’t Want You to Attend
It's been over a week since I originally wrote this and given everything that has occurred since, it seemed inconsequential and I didn't want to bother posting here. But then I think back to the original impetus behind this particular piece and I realize how the current scandal (the principal's mysterious dismissal at WillowBrook 3 … Continue reading Sausage or Haggis?
The following information supports my claims from my column this week. I will publish the column in its entirety here on Friday, but here is a summary: Oak Ridge city government will use $10 million more of your money for the high school project to cover what the schools are withholding while they (the city) … Continue reading Capital Spending Sources – Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmm?