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Damn It! Enough -- Sometimes Emotion Trumps Intellect

May 18, 2012 - 13:38

I am fed up, literally enraged at the garbage in the press, cable news, elsewhere. Can you really expect anyone in politics to survive intact in this world, our society, even our City.

Now we are being righteous about the crap in the New York Times about the Super Pac and the usual suspectd are lining up. MSBC has its African American apologists huffing and puffing about how unhjust this all is while their equally obnoxious, non-thinking conservative counterparts are putting out their message of being misunderstood and ....

We cannot all get along. The intellect message is simple.... we, the entire damn world needs a new paradigm of governance. Look up the words you don't understand. It comes down to people who, on the one side, continue to moan and groan about balanced budgets, national debt, "values" while the other side whinges about the poor downtrodden masses, inequality, social engineering.

The Courage to Be -- Reaching Out on May 15th

May 16, 2012 - 19:52
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I went to the citizens to be heard portion of the May 15th Council Meeting to say a few words about City governance as well as to reach out to Noam and the Council to make a few points that were of personal importance to me. I was in good company; Bob McCaffrey intended to sign up and speak on issues of concern to him.

I prepared two documents; "The Courage to Be" and an unnamed document based on the simple management taxonomy of Planning, Organizing, Directing and Controlling. I indicated I would post both on TOTS as I presented copies of each to the Council, City Manager, and City Attorney. As it turned out, there were very few people in attendance in the audience and frankly, I am glad that turned out to be the case for personal reasons.

I am not very articulate in speech at this point and my thoughts come faster than my ability to speak them. So I fumbled, mumbled and it is painful to me to hear my presentation on Channel 75. Yet, I had to say what I felt on a personal basis knowing that my hand-outs would cover the content on my discomfort with the state of City governance.

My Objection is Sustained, Move On

May 08, 2012 - 17:07
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I have been subjected to granola overload on Sustainability recently over the airways. The more I hear, the more I am convinced that few people have any perspective, or much knowledge on the subject. This is fine as an excuse to smack the kitchen table and scream out dumkopf or muttonhead, but it is serious business when it could well represent reduction in property owner equity or even political persperation. We are going through very, very difficult times and all we need are other reasons to shock the system and step all over any sense or sensibility that exists in governance.

Let's get a grip on Sustainability/GreeNR. Other communities are beginning to see the light and it is our turn.

There have been many other times during the evolution of civilization when we had to change based on natural causes (climate) or technological change (bronze age, iron age). It takes place as a natural process of evolution, of survival of the species. Recently, we have experienced these types of changes we can more readily identify with and these can be correctly define Sustainability and for our community GreeN.

I Am Taking a Short Leave

April 13, 2012 - 00:45
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Under advice from my physician, I am taking time off from my activities. I hope and expect this willl be temporary. I will continue to monitor TOTS as I consider this to be indispensible to the community and, in time, the rebirth of the City.

I am especially happy to sense that my last post on Noam's Legacy, should he choose it, would engender so many comments. Doing the math, it looks as if 277 reads led to close to 7% response rate. All of these were typical of TOTS, different voices, all who loved the City, and all who were willing to work to make it thrive.

I have tried to walk a road that few people walked. Whatever I offered came from the eyes, ears, and voices of citizens, the rests from the considerable experience as a business executive, senior consultant and educator.

I have not pulled any requests for information through Open Meeting and other channels; preferring to supplement my thoughts with those avaiable in other sources in the Internet.

Noam, Live Your Legacy Now. It is Rebuild and Restore

April 11, 2012 - 21:41
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Noam it has been hard for your recently but you can restore and rebuild your legacy while rebuilding and restoring your city. You are not alone; it may seem that way, but good people are a dime a dozen in these parts. What you can accomplish with the hands, hearts and minds of others here is more solid than the stone on marble plaques. It is more important than names from the past on plaques anywhere here: library Plaza, Train Station, City Hall.

You probably feel otherwise. Few remember the name of the astronaut who sat in the spacecraft when Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon. But, they remembered and so have many in NASA who know the mission would have likely failed without Michael Collins.

No comfort? You may not recall George C Marshall. Marshall was the head of military operations in Europe during WW II. But, most folks remember Dwight Eisenhower But, millions upon millions of survivors throughout Western Europe and their descendents will ever forget him.

Council and Mayor -- Your Finest Hour

April 11, 2012 - 01:17

I listened to the April 10 City Council meeting and it was a light in a dark room. There is much to do, many reasons for some to be suspicious, even angry. But every journey begins with the first step.

No one has been a more vocal critic of governance in New Rochelle than me and it has not come easy to me to come forward as I have. I will continue to come forward and I hope all people do. But, there is a need to build a community and that includes respectful debate, even strong action against the administration when and where needed. Yes, it is subjective often, but I continue to say without malice that I was close to Noam Bramson. Perhaps my disenchantment is stronger than most of yours. It was personal yet I still believe that there is a man of great intellect and substance behind this this current facade and I hope this shows up as it did somewhat tonight.

Why was this meeting so special? This will not be consistent with all of your views. While I think too much time is spent on some issues, I would rather have that than not enough time.

There's harvard and then there's HARVARD

April 09, 2012 - 16:22

There is evidence that some members of the Harvard Faculty can critically think and then, there are the rest of them.

Intelligence is not necessarily an operant criteria in a 140 or less word society and surely, Harvard has not been successful enough to transform 21st Century greed and governance from its predessors in earlier times. But, although greed may be a lost cause there and elsewhere, there are those among the faculty, research base, and graduates who recognize the simple truth that, without a new paradigm for managing the massive changes brought about by globalization and the world wide web, just to mention two, nations will either suffer enormously in the economic world or look to overthrow existing governance in order to survive.

Aside From the Shooting Mrs. Lincoln What Did You Think of the Play?

April 04, 2012 - 21:14
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Today I read the most incredulous report I have read since Simpson Found Innocent. It appeared in the Mar.26/Apr.6 issue of The Report. The title of the page 1 story is.... "City's Major Crimes Up 21% and it encapsulates all I know from my past, learned from my experiences here, and portrays an image of our future in New Rochelle unless corrected either by Noam, the protagonist or the community.

Let me go over some highlights and then quote verbatim from Noam's narrative. Highlights inclde (1) larceny is up 14% over prior year, Aggravated assaults rose by 28%, arrests dropped by 13%. There is much more.

Noam begins innocently enough, "obviously I am not happy about the increae in crime." (attaboy). "But I also put these figures in the context of any overall safety record that remains very strong." (huh). While claiming a new method of calculating aggrvated assaults (brilliant during a year of atrrition), he adds, "it will be important to examine that the spike in 2011 is not the beginning of a trend." (huh). He goes on to cite we remain an safe community; best in the state, ranking only 8 spots below Carmel, Indiana.

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Damn It! Enough -- Sometimes Emotion Trumps Intellect

I am fed up, literally enraged at the garbage in the press, cable news, elsewhere. Can you really expect anyone in politics to survive intact in this world, our society, even our City.

Now we are being righteous about the crap in the New York Times about the Super Pac and the usual suspectd are lining up. MSBC has its African American apologists huffing and puffing about how unhjust this all is while their equally obnoxious, non-thinking conservative counterparts are putting out their message of being misunderstood and ....

We cannot all get along. The intellect message is simple.... we, the entire damn world needs a new paradigm of governance. Look up the words you don't understand. It comes down to people who, on the one side, continue to moan and groan about balanced budgets, national debt, "values" while the other side whinges about the poor downtrodden masses, inequality, social engineering.

Read more

The Courage to Be -- Reaching Out on May 15th

I went to the citizens to be heard portion of the May 15th Council Meeting to say a few words about City governance as well as to reach out to Noam and the Council to make a few points that were of personal importance to me. I was in good company; Bob McCaffrey intended to sign up and speak on issues of concern to him.

I prepared two documents; "The Courage to Be" and an unnamed document based on the simple management taxonomy of Planning, Organizing, Directing and Controlling. I indicated I would post both on TOTS as I presented copies of each to the Council, City Manager, and City Attorney. As it turned out, there were very few people in attendance in the audience and frankly, I am glad that turned out to be the case for personal reasons.

I am not very articulate in speech at this point and my thoughts come faster than my ability to speak them. So I fumbled, mumbled and it is painful to me to hear my presentation on Channel 75. Yet, I had to say what I felt on a personal basis knowing that my hand-outs would cover the content on my discomfort with the state of City governance.

Read more

My Objection is Sustained, Move On

I have been subjected to granola overload on Sustainability recently over the airways. The more I hear, the more I am convinced that few people have any perspective, or much knowledge on the subject. This is fine as an excuse to smack the kitchen table and scream out dumkopf or muttonhead, but it is serious business when it could well represent reduction in property owner equity or even political persperation. We are going through very, very difficult times and all we need are other reasons to shock the system and step all over any sense or sensibility that exists in governance.

Let's get a grip on Sustainability/GreeNR. Other communities are beginning to see the light and it is our turn.

There have been many other times during the evolution of civilization when we had to change based on natural causes (climate) or technological change (bronze age, iron age). It takes place as a natural process of evolution, of survival of the species. Recently, we have experienced these types of changes we can more readily identify with and these can be correctly define Sustainability and for our community GreeN.

Read more

I Am Taking a Short Leave

Under advice from my physician, I am taking time off from my activities. I hope and expect this willl be temporary. I will continue to monitor TOTS as I consider this to be indispensible to the community and, in time, the rebirth of the City.

I am especially happy to sense that my last post on Noam's Legacy, should he choose it, would engender so many comments. Doing the math, it looks as if 277 reads led to close to 7% response rate. All of these were typical of TOTS, different voices, all who loved the City, and all who were willing to work to make it thrive.

I have tried to walk a road that few people walked. Whatever I offered came from the eyes, ears, and voices of citizens, the rests from the considerable experience as a business executive, senior consultant and educator.

I have not pulled any requests for information through Open Meeting and other channels; preferring to supplement my thoughts with those avaiable in other sources in the Internet.

Read more

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