On November 8th the United States of America will once again choose its next President. Some have made this decision more complex than it really needs to be. I cannot and will not try to tell anyone who to vote for. I wouldn’t expect you to listen or keep reading if I did. I can, however, share some of my thoughts on the election and try to simplify the choice we will be making on Election Day.
Since I published this post I have read and seen a few more articles from others that shared the same theme but expressed it much better or more detailed than I did so I have included links to those at the end of this post. Continue reading Time for choosing…again
Tuesday is time for choosing in Enterprise
What will Enterprise choose?
The choices in front of you are:
- Re-elect the status quo with the same people who have been running Enterprise for years, some out front and others behind the scenes, the way they see fit. This includes a mayor who warns citizens when they simply ask for information that is public and owned by the people he works for, a city council who says they are “as transparent as they need to be” and an environment where speaking freely about city issues is squelched.
- Elect new faces, perspectives, ideas and leadership that will work to provide a more transparent and open city government that will make all financial and other information conveniently available, address the issues facing Enterprise honestly, will welcome and listen to input from citizens and will create an environment where speaking freely is encouraged.
The decision looks pretty straightforward to me but it is up to you, the citizens of Enterprise.
If you need to refresh your memory
I expect most of you have already made up your mind as to who you are going to vote for. However, if you do want to review any of the information I have shared here in the last 3+ years beginning with A City Divided on 7/5/2013 there are a couple of ways you can do that on my website. There is a Search Peculiar Perspective box just below Recent Comments where you can enter any word or name you want to find. This will show the blog posts where that search term is mentioned and does work pretty well. Underneath this there is a Category drop-down list where if you select the Local category that should provide most of the blogs related to all things Enterprise.
If you are viewing this on a computer you should see these options in the sidebar to the left. If you are viewing this on your mobile device you just need to keep scrolling down below the current post to find these options.
It will take action to make change happen
It will take action on your part if any change is to be realized. Sitting at home and expecting “someone else” to do it rarely works in your favor. Going to the Rec Center Tuesday and voting for the candidates of your choice is your opportunity to individually and collectively stand up and make changes in Enterprise if that is what you desire.
In the last city election in 2012 three councilmen and the mayor ran unopposed and in the two council seats that were contested the margin of victory in District 2 was 155 votes and in District 3 was 106 votes. You can refresh your memory here Enterprise Incumbent Council Remains if you are interested.
The numbers needed for new leadership to be elected in Enterprise are well within reach for you, the Silenced Majority in Enterprise, if you decide to act.
Don’t miss this opportunity
I hope you never neglect your privilege and your responsibility to VOTE whenever you have that opportunity! Many have died so you can exercise this privilege. Until that day arrives, don’t neglect your opportunity to get involved and help bring about the change you seek. The next city election is Tuesday.
Take the action Tuesday that will allow you to say on Wednesday “I am glad I did” instead of “I wish I had.”
Until next time…
Originally posted on Peculiar Perspective on 08/22/2016
I was reading the Southeast Sun online today and noticed all of the campaign ads, which is to be expected. Next Tuesday, August 23rd, is the day Enterprise will choose who will be serving as mayor and city council for the next 4 years. Anyone who reads what I write here should not be confused as to what I would do if I had a vote.
However, just in case any of you are confused and I don’t get to mention it again before next Tuesday here is the executive summary, I would not vote for anyone running for RE-election and for Mayor, since there are 3 candidates, I would vote for Milton Shipman. Continue reading Huge Contrast in District 3
Drive-by media “journalism” is nothing more than sensationalizing a story, sometimes news, sometimes not, for the purpose of playing on the emotions of the audience to advance an agenda. After the initial story has achieved the intended effect they move on, ignoring facts discovered later that often completely contradict or prove the original story false. The damage has been done and the intended effect achieved. If they ever do post a follow-up story providing the factual information it is often buried and never has the same prominence as the original false story. Then they keep moving or drive by on to their next “story”.
A recent example of this was brought to my attention this week with the source being an area bail bondman who also has a website. Continue reading Drive-by bail bondsman
It will be Hire Your Boss Day 2016 in Enterprise for hundreds of city employees on August 23rd. I wanted to make sure you are aware of the opportunity you have this year and don’t miss it. It is one that doesn’t even come along every 4 years in Enterprise.
For those of us who work in the private sector if we have a bad boss, we normally have three choices. Continue reading Hire Your Boss Day
#1 – If you do anything, someone will criticize it.
#2 – If you say anything, someone will be offended.
The sooner you realize those are THEIR issues not YOURS and move on the better off you will be. Continue reading 3 Simple Truths From My Peculiar Perspective
Do you ever have any doubts? If you are being honest with yourself I doubt the answer to that question is no. We all have doubts but those doubts are as varied as our own unique personalities. We all face our own doubts in one way or another. We all either let our doubts affect us negatively or work through them and usually emerge stronger on the other side of our doubts. Continue reading Doubts
When is an apology not an apology?
If you have followed this story for the past 19 months you know my take on it. If you haven’t or if you want a refresher you can see it at the links below.
Watch Your Back published 11/22/2014
YOU Are Not Alone published 12/01/2014
Watch Your Back (UPDATE) published 02/23/2015
The Silenced Majority published 03/29/2015
The details of this issue were summarized very well in the article by Michelle Mann in the Southeast Sun on 05/25/2015,
ECS Superintendent apologizes to teacher
What is new in this story is the prepared statement called an apology that was read by the superintendent in the board meeting on 05/24/2016 which brings me back to my original question. Continue reading Vindication
Like many Ben Carson supporters I have had a lot to digest over the past week, from the suspension of his campaign, to My Faith Votes, to his recent endorsement of Donald Trump.
A lot for my simple mind to digest
After the suspension of his campaign and beginning his new role as chairman of My Faith Votes I did not expect him to endorse anyone during the primaries. I did not expect it because that is what he said on March 4th,
“I have committed to not endorse a specific individual, but rather ‘We the People.'” Continue reading The Doctor makes a Trump House Call
I have had several folks ask me both in person and on social media if a vote for the candidate I support for President would be a wasted vote as many in the media and so-called “expert” pundits would like folks to believe. Have you ever noticed many of these pundits are from failed campaigns, experienced in losing? Some might have had success once but their predictions since that one time have been wrong much more often than right.
Do you trust your vote with what they are telling you? I don’t. Continue reading Open Letter to Primary Voters