Board of Finance & Taxation, 9/26: (Costco issue)
Some of the same people that have attended many Council meetings to voice their opposition to the Costco proposal were present presenting their same arguments. These are tired arguments that show little other than the intransigence of some folks, arguments that show that these folks are more interested in their feelings than they are in the COMMON GOOD of the overwhelming majority of NB citizens. Suddenly, many of these folks have been transformed from their former “professions” to the point where they are now barristers. Others act like chameleons, changing their coats to fit whatever argument is their latest. Over inflated egos trump common sense and the common good.
Common Council Meeting, 9/28: (Fire Department Contract; Costco issue)
Local 992 Contract:
During Public participation former Mayor Pawlak made some outlandish claims about Fire and Police Dept. pension fund use
– “raided” - by various administrations; this led to him have to propose the now famous $106M Pension Bond. What he didn’t mention was the years long neglect of various administrations not contributing to the Pensions. Also, since he was first elected Mayor that Pension fund was used three times, twice by his administration.
Once again the same opponents came to voice their tired arguments against Costco. Some of them came with arguments “du jour”, the ones they create when their others are proven to be unworthy. These new arguments come from those whose professions have changed, e.g., one has morphed from being a draftsman to, golf course architect, building engineer and now, real estate appraiser. Yet another has become a legal expert, another has become an EPA consultant, traffic engineer and aesthetic consultants. There are other interesting changes, too numerous to mention. In all cases, inaccurate and non-credible claims/statements are made. Some are prevarications. It has become difficult to know just what are the arguments. I guess these folks just throw some things up against a wall to see which ones stick.
Frank Smith, Independent Blog Owner.