By: Diane Benjamin
If you believe Common Sense is absent in society today, see more Thomas Sewell quotes here: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/2056.Thomas_Sowell?page=1
Who is paying a price for 1 Uptown Circle? The building was only constructed because the Town of Normal agreed to rent an entire floor at over market rates. The first floor is STILL vacant.
The Council who voted for this building is paying no price – taxpayers are.
Shiny and new always appears to be a success, the Coliseum was great the first year. Then the decline began, then the arrests, you know the current history. Who paid the price for being wrong? TAXPAYERS!
Is Uptown on the same path?
I did not attend the Citizens Summit because I didn’t want to be a distraction. One participant did send me copies of the documents Lyle Sumek handed out for discussion. Chris Koos was serious about ignoring people who weren’t invited. Two tables were set up at the entrance – invited people in one line and the local un-invited riff-raff in another. The two groups never mixed. Council members circulated among the invited tables, I hear most of the invited were men.
I wonder if the un-invited results were immediately tossed in the garbage? Participants were required to put their “Table Number” on what they turned in.
Below is one of the pages. I could comment on virtually ever item listed, but I choose just a few of them:
How conceited is it to believe because of an election Trustees think they have magical powers that permit them to use your money for their folly?
Normal had $88,125,000 in bonded debt on 4/1/18. During the last fiscal year Normal only paid back $1,600,000. That is Vision? Value? See this and what was paid back in previous years HERE
According to this document you aren’t supposed to care. Being fiscally responsible isn’t allowed. (ideology and philosophical)
2) Data Driven?
Numbers lie and liars use numbers. Data can be made to say anything. If real data is essential, click on the link about. Why did Normal pay MUCH less in principal on bonds last year? Anyone? Anyone?
The Town just isn’t doing it right! They need a propaganda manager to educate you and mobilize support. People who don’t agree are dismissed as zealots. Understand now why there were TWO LINES to enter?
4) Personal Recognition?
Maybe the Council can explain why a monument was erected to Mark Peterson. Gee, that sounds like politics!
The choice is Freedom or Tyranny. This document proves Normal prefers tyranny, if you disagree with “The Plan” you are wrong.
There might be a Part 2.