Thursday, April 13, 2006

Slow down and smell the roses!

I really appreciate the information on Lynchburg's financial stress rankings that was made available by Jim Weigand at I can't help but wonder if that is why so many candidates have come forward. On the one hand, it reinforces that each candidate cares enough to take a stand on what they feel is most critical. On the other hand, it also exposes how badly our government has taken care of this great city.

As a long-time citizen of Lynchburg, I am saddend that in just 4 years of democratic control our budget has sky-rocketed the way it has and yet I just sat back and let it happen. more! Nowadays it seems [we] live in such a mad rush of life that it's become so easy to overlook or just accept something for the sake of being able to move onto to the more immediate things in our life. So, we trust those voted in to make the best decisions for us - the taxpayers. Stop the budget from spinning out of control. Give us time to slow down and smell the roses! has impressed me so much with the information created and disseminated. Thank you so much and just keep doing what you're doing!


At 6:39 PM, Blogger Jim Weigand said...

Thank you for your kind comments and your promise that you are no longer going to sit idley by. Now lets see, there are over 2500 city and school employees feeding at the trough that you and I are filling...and some of them have spouses at the N & A. So let me know what your plan is and when you will be starting your own paper. I look forward to not being the only one at next year's budget hearing asking for something less than the 11% per pupil funding increase that our "superior" school system will be getting. That is unless you have a money tree in your back yard like I do.

Jim Weigand

At 8:59 PM, Blogger Larry Bassett said...

Jim, it is so refreshing to see another person posting with a real name. I know people have their reasons for remaining anonymous to the passers by (but they all know who each other is) but I hope that each people periodically reviews that decision to see if their circumstances or those in the world could support a bit more openness.

And I am also please to see that CityLivn is experimenting with allowing comments to go directly to the site rather than being moderated. I would like to think most people will behave responsibly when given the opportunity and that we have enough technical tools to deal with the exceptions. I see one post has already been removed and regret that was necessary. We have had some minor problems at Lynchburg Forums that resulted in the Forum being limited to registered users only for a brief time. That was reversed and has mostly not been an issue again -- yet. The problem really is that so many people come and visit but do not leave any comments. I hope we can make conversation a lot more interactive and inclusive.

At 9:17 PM, Blogger Citylivn said...

Thank you to both of you Jim and Larry for your comments. I've got a lot on my mind and writing allows me to explore my own thought process. If I can garner supportive or opposing view points that also helps me expand my knowledge on topics that I may not be as well versed in. Creating my own blogspot was in part by accident and in part by my own choosing. I hope with some extra time I will be able to write about other issues in the rest of society that aren't limited to just our area. There is so much going on in the world that could ultimately affect you and I that I refuse to live in a bubble.

Again, thank you for your comments and I hope to have the clock problem worked out soon.

At 6:17 AM, Blogger alyssa said...

thanks for giving this information especially for taxpayers.


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