Sunday, November 29, 2009

Welcome To Trashport.

So you are probably thinking that this will be a rant on how much trash is in and around Glassport and how we need to pull together to clean up our town, well it is not. I do agree that we have too much trash thrown everywhere, and that we need to all do our part to clean it up. There are two great Glassporters who have started the "Keep Glassport Clean" program; which is them walking the main street picking up trash. These are great-dedicated people, and I am horrible because I forget their names.

What I really want to talk about it are the people of Glassport. The old days of Glassport where we had hard working, stable, responsible middle class families are gone. There are still decent people in Glassport but unfortunately, like some WWII beach invasion, we are getting Trashporters! These are people who just don't care, they will let their homes fall apart, allow their kids to throw trash, and are more interested in complaining about how the government is not providing for them, then helping themselves. These people are trash and are worthless members of society.

Glassport could be handed a Christmas present like a huge new plant in town; which would increase our tax base and allow us to reopen the pool, redo all the parks and playgrounds, help build new baseball and football fields, and create a new community center and borough offices. Unfortunately all of it would look good for six months, maybe a year. The Trashporters and their offspring’s would just end up trashing it while they complain how this town sucks. We are in a war, a war that we need to win.

The blue-collar families of the 50's 60's and 70's, have now become the college educated families of today. We need these families to purchase run down houses for cheap, and then fix them up. By attracting these young couples and families, we will push the trash right out of Glassport as housing and rental prices increase. It sounds harsh and rude, but it is what it is. These worthless Trashporters are taking over our town; destroying our community and I have no hard feels with throwing them out on their butts. These people don't want to be respectful or responsible, they don't show us respect by trashing our town, so why should we show them any?

Friday, November 6, 2009

More Election Please!

Wow, I though I would be able to move away from elections and move on to something more fun, like why the hell do we have a borough events sign that you usually see on a used car lot or at a pizza shop. It seems like election talk will not die and you only have to look at the Topix Glassport to see what I mean.

It will be a fun primary season in 2010; we will have the much-loved Democratic Committee up for elections, and some Council seats. The biggest battle might end up being for the Democratic Committee seats, which really concerns me. Much was said in the Topix forum about the committee, but why? Yes I have talked about them in my first two posts on this blog, but I am not concerned about them as I am about the voters! The same people who are on the committee now can be on the committee for the rest of their lives and it would not matter as long as the voters vote with their minds, instead of an endorsement card handed out at the polls. If you are going in to the polls and need some person to hand you a card with some tag line on it to make your decision; I would rather you stay home and not vote.

That is why I am pushing for educated voters, by having more candidates like Mr. Evanovich that are ready to discuss with the public their ideas and positions. We need campaigning, forums, debates, and the Daily News to do its job. I promise right now to do my part by reaching out in May to candidates running for council and give my readers fair and non-partisan info. One thing in May that I will not care about, is the Democratic Committee. We are not slaves to the parties we are aligned with. Dem's voted in Mr. Evanovich with out any endorsement in both May in November. They do not matter people, we have the power to override them each and every time we go to the polls. Don't waste your time demanding a new committee, demand candidates that are open and ready to face the voters and speak their mind.

Our town needs major life support and that support is not going to be provided by our local, county, state, or federal governments. There is no bail out for Glassport; there is only hard work and each and every one of us doing our part to make it happen. It can be as simple as picking up trash around your house, supporting local business, volunteering with local groups, or even going to borough meetings. Having an open Mayor like Mr. Evanovich or voting in a new council is not going to solve our problems. Our borough's budget has no extra money and even if we cut out some fat, we still are not looking at enough money to really make a difference. We all need to pull together and get to work as well as face the fact that some major changes are needed.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Election Hangover.

Well it is all over with folks, and really not much has changed, or has it? The Democratic Committee Puppet Government is in place on council. Mr. DeMarco, who was thrown out off office in May by the voters is now back in as a councilman. WHY? Well first off the Democratic Committee selected him and the voters put him back in office. We had no option Glassport Man, we had to vote Mr. DeMarco back in, there were only three people on the ballot and three slots. Really?

In a surprise, even to me, there was a fourth choice. The super secret write-in candidate! Well at lest that is what people on the Glassport Topixs forums where saying. This person was David Kowalski, and I applaud the man for standing up and trying to take back our government, but I also point a finger of shame on him. He was tardy and so his chances where not good. You cannot decide on a whim to run a write-in campaign. I wish Mr. Kowalski would have decided to run last week, so he could have gotten his name out there, maybe talked to some people. Although he was late, he did send a very important message to the Democratic Committee by receiving 214 votes in a very last minute write-in.

The Democratic Committee should be very scared at this point and time, because the voters spoke in May and they did once again yesterday. Not only did this committee decided to put Mr. DeMarco back in office, but they also did not endorse Mr. Evanovich for Mayor yesterday. Now not having the committee's endorsement did not hurt Mr. Evanovich at all, in fact it might have helped him. Mr. Evanovich has started something; he has put a wrench in the machine that has run this town for years. I would like to tell Mr. Evanoivch, Mr. Kowalski, and anyone else who would like to run for office in Glassport something. You don't need the Democratic Committee! Their endorsement is nothing more then a popularity contest, like when children vote class presidents in school. Take the high road; take the road that voters and this community need, run on the issues and ideas for rebuilding this town.

It also would not hurt if an Independent or Republican would run. OH MY GOD GLASSPORT MAN, NOT A REPUBLICAN! Really, are you so blind-sided to think that Republicans and anyone other then Democrats are Satan himself. If you do believe this, then please just leave the country, because it is just as stupid as someone thinking that President Obama is a Communist.

Local governments do better when we vote people in who have ideas, and are thinkers, not popular names, or they coached my kids baseball team. That is stupid! Just because the guy is your neighbor, or lived in the town all his life, does not mean he or she is qualified to be in office. Would you hire a plumber to do electrical work in your house? We probably spend more time finding a qualified electrician to work on our house then we do public officials. Many people just go in and find the little D's and R's next to the name and vote.

We have to stand up and demand anyone running for office actually campaign in this town, and not just a sign at the end of the street. I am talking about going door to door and talking with people, I want to see debates and forums where the public can go and get information, and each candidate should have a website. We must also point a big finger of shame to The Daily News. Here is our local paper, which I receive daily, and their main purpose is to report local news to us. I can read every day who died and who was arrested, but I can not get any info on my local races other then so and so is running for mayor. Not that I agree with the practice of Editorial Boards and papers endorsing a candidate, but at lest it would be something. Please Daily News, help us out and run some candidate profiles next year for local races.

Well I am glad the election is over, cause now I can get down and dirty and start to address real issues and even some bone headed moves in this town that has put us where we are today. Stay tuned readers; the real fun begins very soon!