by: Diane Benjamin
Mayor Renner really hates criticism. He also hates discussing issues. He is the new dictator of Bloomington.
Renner is very upset about the Cities 92.9 Flamingo campaign. He is so upset he had the new Communications Manager, Nora Dukowitz, write an email to the station. I hope they post it on their website. Bloomington taxpayers paid for it – they should.
Here’s the bottom line:
Taxpayer dollars are being used for political purposes.
Sit down, shut up. That’s the message sent to Cities 92.9 with your tax dollars. How long before Renner calls Koos and tells him to inspect the Cities building.
The taxpayers of Bloomington are paying Ms. Dukowitz’s salary, she is being used by Renner to stifle political dissent. Now can you see why the City was adamant about needing a Communication Manager? (probably close to $100,000 INCLUDING BENEFITS)
Nora’s argument about the 3 new taxes not paying for the flamingo exhibit doesn’t hold water. Let me educate you Nora:
Decades ago a lot of people quit giving money to a group who raises money in the workplace. Employers competed against each other to see who could get the highest percentage of employees to make automatic monthly contributions. Then word got out that one of the agencies this group raised money for was Planned Parenthood. Many people refused to participate to fund abortions. The case was made that contributions could be earmarked for other agencies. All that did was shift money around. Planned Parenthood was still funded with accounting gimmicks.
The case made by Nora is exactly the same. The tax increases may not directly fund the flamingos. But the money spent on flamingos does take money away from what the tax increases are supposedly for.
Nora’s job is to make citizens happy about paying higher taxes. It worked for her in Normal. She used to be the Uptown marketing manager! Since the citizens of Normal have just rolled over for Koos, Renner hopes hiring Nora will accomplish the same thing.
Are you going to roll over Bloomington?
According to Nora Dukowitz, Uptown marketing manager for the Town of Normal, Amtrak will move its services into this center. http://www.videtteonline.com/index.php/2007/04/02/plans-proposed-for-uptown-normal-transportation-hub/