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Daily Archives: December 7th, 2015


To make a fine point, the US is in a war with the radicalized Muslims here and abroad. Unfortunately the solution is not troops on the ground as strongly suggested and advocated by member of Congress and many US citizens. If these pushers of a previous failed use of troops (Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq) would really pay attention to historic evidence and current events they would quickly understand that there are enemies hiding among the innocent, this situation makes the ground fighting difficult without the assistance of the assorted sects and nationalities. One must remember that the middle east has so many natural  and ethnic divisions  who have been at odds with the stringent laws of the leaders for centuries. The key to all of this is to identify the “normal” people and aid them however we can. Think about Vietnam and the Afghanistan losses, couple that with the Russian losses in Afghanistan and the French losses in Vietnam, do we really want to revisit the same problems again?

Our Congress is so set against aiding the current President that they will not agree to anything that would give him authority even if it’s the right choice. Their failure has become the yoke  we all bear and will continue to bear in future years long after  President Obama is out of office. Most of Congress will still be in office and performing as poorly as they have in the past while we  (voters) complain with no result yet the Congress will continue to speak in our names without our consent. Is it possible that the failure to have proper government ( we may never have good government) is the fault of the people (voters)? Have we given up our power to guide or direct our representatives by not paying closer attention to what they do or say? Isn’t it time we stopped complaining and ignore the entertainment news ? Isn’t it time we perform our duty and stop the rote method of voting by removing legislators who have been serving too long with less and less effectiveness as they age in office?  This country should not be a them against us as our leaders tacitly imply  but more of the people against bad governance and poor legislation done in our names and many times without our consent.

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The Urban League of Springfield has received a grant to set up a “cease fire” program. This program is in place in other communities and is successful. I have only one issue with the program and that is the administrators. The immediate hands on folks are not the issue these are good people with good skills. The administrators have a track record of poor to mismanagement of grant funded programs due a dearth of understanding how these programs actually work. The ordinary work on the many programs administered by the league have been unfortunately side tracked by under or uninformed upper managers who have no apparent faith in the hands on coordinators and causing the programs to fail through their
micro management. Once a program fails, the local recipients are left in limbo and often worse off than before the program. The drop out rate in these programs is nothing to be proud of but the League often touts the few successes as being greater than it actually is. The effort put into securing grants is sizeable but the effort to sustain the programs is not. Given the large number of professional people who left the employ of SUL (voluntary and forced) has indicated all is not well in the kingdom! There are many wonderful people in the organization but the top tier of executives is rife with incompetence and greed. This has been voiced by many former and current employees. This “insider” information has come about by the accidental meeting of former employees who I’ve met around town. The shame is that this branch of the League has the air of  respectability from business friends and outsiders while maintaining the reputation of poor service in the community. Apparently there is a tacit approval of poor service by the State and National Urban League.

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